It may not have been pretty and two of the matches pushed the McPherson freshman volleyball team to their limit, but on Thursday they closed out their 2018 regular season with three wins while hosting a quad with Rose Hill, Mulvane and Wellington.

In the match with Rose Hill, the freshman Pups scored a straight set victory, winning 25-20, 25-19. Kendall Boughfman led the team in serving against Rose Hill with nine in a row while bringing McPherson out of a 10-16 deficit, scoring five of those serves as aces.

Both the second and third matches of the day went the distance, with McPherson needing three sets to take down Mulvane (14-25, 25-13, 15-10), before going three hard fought, tough sets with Wellington before getting their third win of the evening (26-24, 21-25, 15-6).

“The Pups had a phenomenal serving night while ending their regular season with a sweep,” commented freshman Head Coach Jennifer Jensen. “Our Freshman team played through this season with a lot of determination and confidence. We endured numerous lineup changes due to injuries on the junior varsity and varsity squads, consistently sending up freshman players to fill in. The core team fought through those changes with grace and class, playing hard and were always willing to do what was best for the entire McPherson High School volleyball program.”

At that point, Coach Jensen stepped up her reflections by referencing a highlight for nearly every Pup on the team:

Kaylee Zeitlow – stepped up early on in the season as a clear leader, as the main setter throughout the year she worked hard at knowing her hitters, making key pivotal plays happen and leading the team in points scored off a serve.

Kendall Boughfman – the clear leader throughout the season in consistency and let the team with the least number of hitting errors, while always being a go-to player.

Kori Courtney – only having played volleyball a few years, she was our most improved player and stepped up as a leader at several key moments of the season.

Sheridan Bliss – led our hitters with most kills on the season while also becoming one of our key passers.

Abbi Unruh – led the team in digs, hustling and hitting the floor more than any other player.

Avery Strathman – worked hard all season moving back and forth between outside hitter and middle hitter while remaining coachable and selfless for the team.

Tailynn Buettgenback – could also be on the list of most improved players, consistently working hard with a great attitude and always willing to learn more about the game.

Maliya Paine – key passer throughout the season while continuously contributing as a digger and in serve receive.

Katelyn Mintzer – clutch player who stepped in selflessly as the lineups continuously changed, contributing as a passer as well as an outside hitter.

Emily Whorton – spend two night with the freshman team leading them in kills both nights before spending a majority of the season as a key player with the Bullpup junior varsity.

“As a whole these freshman Pups improved dramatically this season, working hard at every turn,” concluded Coach Jensen in her coach’s reflections. “The team was consistently selfless, ensuring the entire volleyball program was successful throughout the year. They are mentally tough and extremely coachable, there is no doubt they will contribute to the Bullpups volleyball program through the years.”

The Freshman Bullpup spikers will finish their season next weekend with the league tournament in Hutchinson.

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