The McPherson College volleyball team pulled off a Homecoming Hail Mary when they came back from match point twice in the fifth set to beat the Kansas Wesleyan Coyotes, 25-27, 25-16, 25-16, 19-25, 19-17 at the McPherson Sports Center.
The match went back-and-forth with Kansas Wesleyan winning the first and fourth sets. Former Bulldog Head Volleyball coach, Jessica Cleveland, is, of course, the head honcho for the Coyotes. The first set, which was uncharacteristically sloppy for the Bulldogs, might have been attributable to being nervous to face their former coach. In any event, the Bulldogs came out like a house on fire in the next two sets. The Bulldogs go to 12-8 on the season and they seem like they've found an identity.
"This was a great win for MAC Volleyball," Bulldog head coach Cory Cahill said. "We battled and fought our hearts out. Being down in the fifth and having the heart to not give up was a special moment for this group. We came into the match as a team and we walked out of the gym tonight as a true family."
Riley Bradbury led the team with 17 kills and Kaitlyn Heinis led with 29 assists. The chemistry that has developed between the setters and the hitters looks symbiotic at times. The Bulldogs next face off against the Bethany Swedes on Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. at Bethany.
Aces: 5 tied
Assists: Heinis – 29
Blocks:Mady Woog – 10
Digs: Bradbury – 18
Kills: Bradbury – 17