The McPherson Middle School seventh and eighth-grade volleyball teams closed out their 2018 seasons on Monday with battles against Salina Lakewood, with the seventh-grade Lady Pups splitting a pair of matches while the eighth-grade girls won both of their matches.

8th grade spikers close season with victories

SALINA—It was a long, hard battle for both the eighth-grade ‘A’ and ‘B’ volleyball teams, but they both were able to close out their 2018 seasons with three-set victories on the road with Salina Lakewood on Monday.

In the ‘A’ game, the eighth-grade Lady Pups won sets one and three (25-17, 15-10) while losing the second set (18-25) in a long, tough battle with Salina Lakewood to gain a victory in the final match of the 2018 season. The win helped the ‘A’ team finish with a 6-13 mark for the season.

“The girls battled a much-improved Salina Lakewood team tonight,” noted eighth-grade ‘A’ team head coach Jacque Colgrove in her coach reflections. “A few hitting and serving mistakes allowed Salina Lakewood to take set two, but we came back and finished the night strong.”

As for finishing the season, Coach Colgrove added, “This group of girls has made tremendous gains in their volleyball skills and knowledge this season. I hope they stick with it and keep playing into high school. I am thankful I was able to coach them all season.”

The eighth-grade ‘B’ team also had to battle three sets for a victory over Salina Lakewood, winning set one 25-14, losing the second set 23-25, before bouncing back and gaining a third set win 15-10 and match victory. For the season, the ‘B’ team just missed the .500 mark by finishing 2018 at 10-11.

“Congrats to these girls for ending the season on a good note,” commented ‘B’ team Coach Stevie Stockham. “I am so proud of them, I’ll miss coaching this great group of girls.”

7th Grade spikers split at Salina

SALINA—On Monday the Middle School seventh-grade volleyball team closed out their 2018 season by gaining a split on the road at Salina Lakewood, with the ‘A’ team losing while the ‘B’ team gained a victory.

The “A’ team finished their season at 11-8 as they dropped a straight set match (19-25, 17-25) to Salina Lakewood.

According to Head Coach Shelley Bohme, “This was obviously not the ending we hoped for, and I wanted the girls to able to go out with a win. Credit to Lakewood, they came out ready to play and we didn’t. Girls that don’t normally miss serves were serving the ball in the net, we hit several balls out of bounds, got called in the net a few times, and we had no energy. We eventually settled down and had some good plays, just a little too late.”

When talking about the individuals, Coach Bohme added, “On a positive note, Karter Alvord and Danica Brunk each had a stuff block tonight which was exciting. Other bright spots included Reanna Eilrich have a couple of amazing digs to keep the ball in play, while Alexa Romero had good passes and set the ball well. Alexa Casebeer also passed the ball well and had great hustle. Kaya Lowery, Olivia Cheatham, and Caitlyn Pearson all did a nice job of playing the net and attacking. Macy Rinker and Danica (Brunk) were consistent with their serves tonight.”

With the season ending, Coach Bohme concluded her coach reflections by saying, “I’m so incredibly proud of how much these girls have improved this season. They are a great group, and they have amazing potential. It will be fun to watch them grow as a team! If all these girls continue to play and they get Madi Moors back, they should have a lot of success next year.”

While the seventh-grade ‘B’ team also closed out their season with an 11-8 record, they also closed their season with a hard fought three-set battle with Salina Lakewood (20-25, 25-23, 15-5) to gain a season ending victory.

“We started out the night a little slow and looked tired for the whole first set,” said ‘B’ team Coach Abby Bradstreet. “We had too many dropped balls and too many errors at the net. However, the girls really turned it around for the last two sets and came out with the win. They played with so much heart and fight tonight, it was so fun to watch them win. They served well, called the ball, and really worked together as a team the last two sets. We had a few nice long serving runs that really kept our momentum and energy up.”

Looking at the end of the 2018 season, Coach Bradstreet concluded by noting, “These girls have come such a long-ways, and I’ve really enjoyed coaching them this season. They’re such a great group of girls and I know they will be so successful in their future volleyball careers.”

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