EL DORADO – McPherson found success at the El Dorado triangular, defeating both El Dorado and Buhler.
In game one of the triangular, it took a comeback effort for McPherson to take the match. McPherson defeated Buhler 2-1 (23-25, 25-17, 25-19).
The first set was dominated by the Crusaders, despite the close score. Junior outside hitter Leah Bently scored five straight points for Buhler in the middle stages of the first set to cement the lead that carried to the end.
In set two, the first 12 points alternated sides, the score dead set at 6-6. Shortly after, the Bullpups went on a seven-point run, giving them a 14-8 lead.
The Crusaders put together a run while down 23-13, earning four consecutive points before losing the set, 25-17.
In set three, Buhler hurried out to a 6-0 lead. Then, Bullpups Sophomore outside hitter Rhian Swanson and Senior outside hitter Cassie Cooks took control.
Throughout the third set, McPherson went on three separate four-point rallies, as well as a three-point rally.
McPherson rode the rallies to a 25-19 third set victory, winning the match 2-1.
“Our team was doing good,” Cooks said. “We fought really hard tonight.”
In game two for McPherson, the Bullpups defeated El Dorado, 2-1 (25-23, 23-25, 25-14).
The Bullpups put together a five-point rally to go up 9-4, a lead they would not give up the remainder of the set.
For the remainder of the set, the teams exchanged single to pairs of points back and forth until McPherson edged out El Dorado in the end, 25-23.
El Dorado took the driver’s seat in set two, jumping out to a 5-2 lead.
Throughout the second set, McPherson struggled to put together points in bunches, as 11 of their 23 second set points came out of rallies.
Despite trailing, the Bullpups put together a strong late push to close the gap after trailing 23-17.
The Wildcats took set two, 25-23, evening the match at one set a piece.
In the final set, it was all Bullpups from the start. After scoring the first four points, McPherson powered to a 13-3 lead, forcing an El Dorado timeout.
The Wildcats put a good push together in the remainder of the third, but the deficit was too great to overcome as McPherson dominated in a 25-14 third set win, winning the match 2-1.
“I thought [our setters] did a good job running the offense,” Head Coach Christy Doile said. “There were times tonight that I thought we were not smooth, and we were able to fight through it.”
The Bullpups prepare for their home invitational this weekend and believe the wins Tuesday night help their confidence.