"Wow, that was a good night!"

CLEARWATER — As the old saying goes, if you want to be the best you have to beat the best. That is exactly what the McPherson High School volleyball did Tuesday night in their triangular in Clearwater, knocking off previously undefeated Rose Hill 25-13, 18-25, 25-20.

McPherson opened up the triangular with a 25-10, 25-10 sweep of the host team, with Rose Hill handing Clearwater its second defeat of the night 25-18, 25-9 in the final match of the evening.

"Wow, that was a good night," exclaimed McPherson coach Christy Doile. "Handled Clearwater very business like, with discipline both sets. Locked in is a nice way to describe our team tonight. Great team effort as every kid helped us win these matches."

In the first set against Rose Hill, McPherson took advantage of the Rockets being a bit off and played very well to earn the 12 point win. Set two saw Rose Hill jump out to a big lead as the Pups got stuck in serve receive, struggling to side out. Mac fought back after getting out of that rotation to get to 18 points but Rose Hill took the set.

The Bullpups led the entire way in set three, jumping out to a 5-0 lead. The Rockets closed the lead a couple of different times on scoring runs, including at 19-17, when coach Doile called a timeout. After that it was the Pups who shut the door on Rose Hill to earn the set and match victory.

"We started to become hesitant when Rose Hill went on a run, closing our gap," Doile said. "I challenged our team to fight back, to go back to that aggressive mindset we had earlier. Whoa, did they respond as they came out of that timeout fighting to win this match."

McPherson improves to 32-5 with the victories and now has a week off before hosting a triangular on Oct. 17 in the Roundhouse, with Buhler and El Dorado coming to town. First serve is scheduled for 5 p.m.

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