Both the McPherson Middle School seventh and eighth grade volleyball teams were in triangular action on Monday with the eighth grade Lady Junior Pups going to Emporia and the seventh grade Lady Junior Pups traveled to Newton.

Eighth-grade spikers split with Emporia & Newton

EMPORIA—The McPherson Middle School eighth-grade volleyball teams went to Emporia on Monday for a triangular with host Emporia and Newton.

In the ‘A’ team matches, the Lady Junior Pups lost twice in straight sets, succumbing to Newton, 13-25, 20-25, before finishing the day dropping both sets to host Emporia, 15-25, 21-25. The two losses leaves them with a 3-7 mark for the season.

“It was a tough night for the girls,” noted Head Coach Jacque Colgrove in her coach reflections. “Mentally, they were not focused, and they did not play to their potential against either team. Every player missed at least one serve, and each girl had numerous passing errors. We will work hard in practice on serving and passing.”

It was two hard fought victories for the eighth-grade ‘B’ team as they lost the second set in both matches before bouncing back for a three-set win over host Emporia (25-17, 19-25, 15-9) and gaining a three-set victory over Newton (25-15, 31-33, 15-12). For the season the ‘B’ team is now 7-5.

“Both matches had similarities tonight as the ‘B’ team won the first set, then lost the second set and won the third,” concluded Coach Colgrove when talking about the ‘B’ team matches. “Missed serves were the key to the sets they lost, but communication keeps improving and the girls are playing as a team.”

Next up for the eighth-grade volleyball squads will be on Thursday, September 13 when they host Newton.

Seventh-grade spikers finish 1-3 on Monday

NEWTON—At Newton on Monday, the McPherson Middle School sevnth grade volleyball teams went 1-3 in a triangular with host Newton and Emporia.

In the opening match for the seventh-grade ‘A’ team, they dropped the first set before bouncing back to gain a victory over Emporia (20-25, 25-16, 15-8). Despite winning the second-set against Newton, the Lady Junior Pups took a three-set loss (20-25, 25-14, 4-15). For the season the 7th grade ‘A’ team is now 9-3.

“I thought we played well against Emporia,” said Head Coach Shelly Bohme. “It took a lot of toughness to come back and win set two against Newton, we just seemed to run out of gas in the third set. Our serving was a little off tonight, and we had a lot of unforced errors. On a positive, we are starting to set the ball up and attack more and play more aggressively at the net. We had some great digs tonight and hustled to get some nice saves. These girls have played a lot of volleyball in less than a week, with one more match to go before a much-needed weekend off.”

The seventh-grade ‘B’ team stumbled as they won just one of five sets for the day, dropping a three-set match with Emporia (19-25, 25-19, 16-18) and a straight set to host Newton (21-25, 19-25). The two losses drop the ‘B’ team to 7-5 for the season.

“Tonight, was just an off night for us as a team,” noted ‘B’ team Coach Abby Bradstreet. “We had some great plays at the net, but overall we struggled with our serves and our passing. We let too many balls hit the ground due to a lack of communications and just looked tired tonight. The girls tried their best to stay positive, but it seemed like nothing going could go our way tonight. We are in desperate need of a practice, so we can work out a few kinks from our tournament and our games tonight.”

The seventh-grade spikers will be back on the court on Thursday with a matchup against Newton.

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