Bullpups edge El Dorado, avenge loss to Augusta

EL DORADO — Heading into Tuesday’s triangular with El Dorado and Augusta, the McPherson High School volleyball team assumed Augusta would be the toughest matchup.

The Bullpups lost to Augutsa last week in a triangular and knew the Orioles had the potential to make it two matches in a row.

However, El Dorado came out swinging, and nearly upset the Bullpups. El Dorado won the first set 25-22 and the Wildcats found themselves up 22-18 in the second set. McPherson won six of the next eight points to steal the second set.

In the deciding third set, McPherson trailed 20-15, but rallied to win 10 of the next 12 points to steal the match.

“We had some clutch serving down the stretch,” head coach Christy Doile said. “Overall we passed better than last week, therefore we could set and swing better. We still had too many unforced errors, but less than last week. Overall we served better too.”

The Bullpups played their best match of the day against Augusta, winning in straight sets 25-12; 25-13.

“Against Augusta we started off on fire and really never backed off,” Doile said. “ Augusta never got their offense going and didn't play as well as last week.”

McPherson is back in action next Tuesday at Buhler.

Little River picks up hard-earned wins

Nothing came easy for the Little River High School volleyball team Tuesday night in a triangular with Goessel and Herington.

But Little River weathered the storm, and came away with two victories.

Little River began the afternoon by dropping a heartbreaking set to Goessel, 28-26. Losing the first set did not fluster Little River. In fact, it motivated them to win the next two sets by identical 25-13 scores.

Little River only needed two sets to defeat Herington, but both sets came down to the wire. Little River won set one 25-23 and set two 26-24.

“Tonight’s matches were not necessarily a must win but a must perform better than we did this weekend,” head coach Kim Rolfs said. “That is exactly what Little River did. We elevated our game which resulted in two solid wins. We had several kids step up when their number was called. Our kids took a step forward towards understanding how to be a competitor and be a great team.”

Little River is back in action on Thursday at home against Ellsworth.

Two more wins for Smoky Valley volleyball

The Smoky Valley High School volleyball team picked up a pair of Central Kansas League victories on Tuesday against Hillsboro and Lyons.

Smoky Valley took care of business, defeating Hillsboro 25-20, 25-11 and Lyons 25-11, 25-22.

“We started the night with Hillsboro and created such great energy in the gm by dropping 20 kill attacks on them in two sets,” head coach Sharlene Ramsey said. “We were aggressive with the ball and seemed to handle their serves very well to set up our offense.

“In the Lyons first set, we actually made a very small number of errors and completely took them out of their game. We were almost flawless. Tonight was a total team effort, and the girls looked like they really had fun too.”

Smoky Valley travels to Ellinwood on Thursday.

Eagles sweep Centre on Senior Night

ELYRIA — Elyria Christian School picked up its third and fourth wins of the season Tuesday night on Senior Night.

Elyria hosted Centre and played back-to-back matches against the Cougars and won both.

Elyria won the first match 21-25, 27-25, 25-20. Merrick Robertson led the way with 10 kills and 22 digs.

In the second match, Elyria won another contested match, 27-25; 25-23. Robertson had 13 digs and three kills while Kylee Penner added five kills and eight digs.

Elyria is now one win away from matching its win total from all of last season. The Eagles travel to Rural Vista next Tuesday.

Canton-Galva picks up two wins on Senior Night

CANTON — The Canton-Galva High School seniors did not disappoint on Senior Night Tuesday in Canton.

The Eagles swept Wakefield and Rural Vista for a pair of Wheat State League wins.

Canton-Galva defeated Wakefield 25-17, 25-23 and Rural Vista 26-24, 25-16.

“The seniors came out with passion and determination all night long,” head coach Chloe Hedlund said. “We were very consistent when the ball was on our side of the court and that resulted in two victories. We are beyond proud of the way these ladies played tonight; they were a great example of playing as a unit and competing as one.”

Canton-Galva heads to Peabody-Burns next Tuesday for another WSL match.