Bulldogs Head Coach Jessica Cleveland picks career win No. 100.
Riley Bradbury had a match-high 15 kills and five digs to lead McPherson College to a dominant 25-14, 25-20, 25-16 victory over York College in a Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference match Wednesday night at the Sport Center.
The Bulldogs (6-3, 2-1 KCAC) sprinted out to a 6-1 lead in the first set and didn't look back. McPherson took a 22-12 lead on a kill by Samantha Buer. York (1-12, 0-4 KCAC) responded with consecutive points on a pair of Bulldogs errors, but the hosts closed out the frame with a solo block by Devrie Sombers and a kill by Lexi Kite before finishing with a combo block by Sombers and Bree Wallace. Bradbury and Kite had five kills apiece in the frame with Kite adding six digs. Jamie Siess and Rianne Richard also had six digs in the first set, while Morgan Little and Kaitlyn Heinis each had seven assists.
The second set started out much more evenly than the first with the Panthers tying the frame at 9-9 on an attack error by Wallace. The Bulldogs followed with a 15-3 run, getting to set point at 24-12 on a Bradbury service ace. York would not back down, however, burning off eight straight set points before McPherson was finally able to connect when Buer slammed home an attack to give the Bulldogs the set.
The Panthers held a pair of brief leads early in the third set, but the Bulldogs used a 7-1 run to take a 14-8 lead. Sombers had three kills during the stretch. York cut the lead to just three at 15-12 but could get no closer. Sombers ended the match with a huge kill off the set of Morgan Abbott.
The victory was No. 100 in the collegiate coaching career of McPherson head coach Jessica Cleveland. Cleveland, in her second season, is 27-15 guiding the Bulldogs to go along with 73 wins in five seasons as head coach at Hesston College.
"We finally found our flow this weekend in Omaha and got to execute it against York," said Cleveland. "We were aggressive with attacks from Bradbury and Seiler carrying the team and giving us a chance to rest Kite and Woog for Saturday's match against Ottawa. It was fun to see the team have a confident win after Saint Mary and to pick up my 100th career win."
The Bulldogs return to the court Saturday afternoon when they host Ottawa University in another KCAC matchup. The Braves are receiving votes in the most recent NAIA Volleyball Coaches' Top 25. First serve for the varsity match is slated for 3 p.m.