AUGUSTA—The McPherson High School volleyball team took a trip south to Augusta on Tuesday and came home with a split of matches with Augusta and Rose Hill.

Against Augusta, the Lady Bullpups fought for a first set 25-23 win before cruising in the second set, 25-11, to gain the straight set victory. Unfortunately, in the second matchup of the day against Rose Hill, as hard as McPherson battled, they came up short in a straight set loss, 23-25, 25-27.

" Set one we held it together enough to win it, not the prettiest, but we got it done. Set two we started clicking and moved on from the sluggish start," head coach Christy Doile said. "We served them pretty tough. Swanson, Cooks and Jost held our offense steady as Burgart dished it out to them."

Leading the way for McPherson in kills were Rhian Swanson and Cassie Cooks as they each had 16, while Jaycee Burghart scored credit for 43 assists. Taylor Casebeer scored six aces and Michaela Bowers led the Lady Bullpups in digs with 19.

"Happy with our come back.  We were a bit too streaky last night.  Serve receive needs to back on track, credit to their serving," Doile said. "When we make defensive adjustments we need to get it done a bit faster and with confidence.  Offensively I was happy, as our numbers were high enough to get us a win."  

On the road in Hesston, the McPherson ‘C’ team spikers dropped two matches to the Swathers, losing match one, 17-25, 24-26, before taking their lumps in the second match, losing 11-25, 7-25.

Next up for the Lady Bullpups varsity spikers will be on Tuesday, Sept. 18 when they play host to a triangular with Augusta and El Dorado.

Canton-Galva Spikers win two

CENTRE—It took five sets over two matches for the Canton-Galva High School volleyball team to bring home two victories over Solomon and Wakefield on Tuesday evening.

Against Solomon, the Lady Eagles scored a hard fought, straight set win, 25-21, 25-20, before going three very tough matches with Wakefield, 25-22, 27-29, 25-11, to bring home win number two for the day.

“We had a great match against Solomon,” noted Canton-Galva Head Coach Chloe Hedlund during her coach’s reflections. “We came out strong and served very well. Wakefield did a really nice job of keeping the ball alive and rallying back. It gook a lot of fight for us to get the win in that match. Great game for our emotional and physical strength for sure.”

Next up for the Lady Eagle spikers will be on Thursday, Sept. 20 when they travel to Burrton for a triangular.

Lady Teuton split with Trinity and Ell-Saline

Ell-SALINE—The Inman High School volleyball team traveled to Ell-Saline on Tuesday for a triangular with host Ell-Saline and Hutchinson Trinity, before returning home with a victory over Ell-Saline after losing to Trinity.

In the matchup with Hutchinson Trinity, the Lady Teutons took the first set 25-21 before dropping each of the final two sets 16-25, 21-25 and taking the loss. Inman was able to bounce back in the tangle with host Ell-Saline, gaining a 25-13, 25-17 victory.

With the split the Lady Teutons are now 9-7 for the season and 2-1 in league play.

Macy DeWitt led Inman with 17 digs on the day, while Dantlie Raney accounted for 14 kills while Emma Froese and Kamryn Herron led the team in assists with 17 and 16 respectively.

“We have been working on our mental toughness and tonight it showed we are making progress,” commented Lady Teuton Head Coach Emme Butler. “We battled with Trinity but came away knowing we still have to work on that mentality thing! After the hard loss, we finished strong by beating Ell-Saline in two sets. We are getting better and are ready for next week.”

Inman will return to the court on Tuesday, Sept.18 when they travel to Bennington and battle with Moundridge and Marion.

Little River Spikers Win Twice at Home

LITTLE RIVER—It was a good night to be a Little River High School volleyball player as they hosted a triangular and finished the day with victories over both Peabody-Burns and Rural Vista.

It took three sets, including two very close second and third sets for before Little River was able to take down Peabody-Burns, 25-10, 22-25, 26-24. In the second matchup of the day, Little River pulled a huge upset as they not only beat undefeated Rural Vista, they beat them in straight sets, winning 25-23, 25-17.

“So, tonight was the tale of two teams,” said Little River Head Coach Kim Rolfs. “We had a rough start to the night as the girls had a subpar performance against Peabody-Burns, but still pulled out the win. Peabody-Burns simply had us down and frustrated as they played really well and we couldn’t respond, though I guess we played well enough to get the W. Knowing we needed to step up our game against undefeated Rural Vista, the girls did just that! Playing back and forth in the first set, we were able to put a solid run together and get the win. I told the girls that good teams will find a way to come back and put a run together and we just kept playing aggressive and were able to get the victory in the second set. Extremely happy for the girls and proud to say every girl contributed for the two victories.”

The Little River junior varsity spikers took down Peabody-Burns 25-22, 25-12 before splitting with Rural Vista 25-16, 18-25.

Little River returns to the net on Thursday, Sept. 13 when they go on the road for a dual at Ellsworth.

Elyria Spikers lose to Goessel

Elyria Christian Schools volleyball team hosted Goessel on Tuesday and stumbled to a pair of straight set losses to the visitors, losing match one 13-25, 16-25, before suffering much the same in match two, being defeated 16-25, 11-25.

With 18 digs, Brekken Anderson was one of the few highlights for the Lady Eagle spikers.

“There are nights when your team just doesn’t have it and that was tonight for us,” said Lady Eagle Head Coach Jayme Gardner. “Goessel is a good team who is big at the net. We couldn’t get passed that size. We hope to learn from tonight and become a better team at the net.”

The Lady Eagle junior varsity spikers also lost in straight sets, 16-25, 17-25.

Elyria Christian will return to the court on Tuesday, Sept. 18 when they travel to Wakefield for a triangular with Wakefield and Solomon.

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