HUTCHINSON — The McPherson High School volleyball team was able to bounce back from a rough showing in pool play, to salvage a 4-2 day at the AVCTL Preseason Tournament on Saturday in Hutchinson.

The star-studded field included numerous state contenders in 6A, 5A and a 4A, with the Bullpups being right in the thick of things.

The field included 16 teams separated into four pools. The Bullpups began the day by going 1-2 in pool play, with loses to Valley Center and Maize, and a three-set win over Campus.

That sent the Bullpups into the third consolation pool, where they went 3-0 to finish the gruesomely long day of volleyball 4-2.

“They were tired, as were the officials, coaches and other teams,” head coach Christy Doile said. “Your goal is always to get better every match, and get as many wins as you can.”

The Bullpups finished behind Newton, Maize and Goddard Eisenhower for the best record on the day, while Andover also went 4-2.

After an extricatingly tough loss to Valley Center to end pool play, the Pups responded like championship teams are suppose to, and defeated Goddard, Liberal and Hutchinson all in straight sets.

“If we could redo the two sets we lost against Valley Center, or even just one set, we’d feel even better,” Doile said. “We learned as we went through our matches, and made some lineup adjustments that helped us.”

The tremendsouly athletic Mandi Cooks led the team with 52 kills, while senior Rachel Dossett led the team with eight aces.

“Serve receiving, blocking schemes, technique and set location will be our areas we will focus on,” Doile said. “We got better with this as the day went on.”

The Bullpups are back in action on Tuesday in El Dorado for the start of league play.

“We want to be better than we were on Saturday, and improve every match,” Doile said. “We want to have less jitters and flow as a unit.”

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