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SALINA – In the start of a busy week, the McPherson Middle School seventh grade volleyball teams traveled to Salina on Monday and came home winning three-of-four matches with Salina Lakewood and Maize South.

In the ‘A’ team matches, the Lady Junior Pups opened their day struggling in a straight set loss to Maize South (14-25, 17-25) before bouncing back to sweep host Salina Lakewood in straight sets (25-18, 25-18).

With the split, the ‘A’ team is now 3-1 for the season.

“There were some definite highs and lows tonight,” noted Head Coach Shelley Bohme. “Against a good Maize South team, we had too many unforced errors, missed serves, bad decisions, and a lack of communication were our downfall, especially in Set 1. We played better in Set 2 and had a lead, but were not able to put all the pieces together to pull out the win. Overall, I was pleased that we were able to keep Maize out of rhythm offensively, but we have several things to improve upon.”

Coach Bohme concluded her post-match reflections by adding, “I thought we did a great job of being aggressive at the net against Salina Lakewood. We set the ball up to our hitters, and our serving was better. We have another night of volleyball tomorrow, then as day of practice to make some adjustments before going back to Salina on Thursday.”

Like the ‘A’ team, the ‘B’ team struggled early on against Maize South, losing set one 21-25, before bouncing back and taking the final two sets to get the victory (25-21, 15-6). Against host Salina Lakewood, the ‘B’ team Lady Junior Pups dominated, winning in straight sets (25-9. 25-14).

With the two victories, the seventh grade ‘B’ team is now 4-0 for the season.

“These girls played a hard first match against Maize South,” commented ‘B’ team Coach Abby Bradstreet. “We struggled in the first set with our communication and our serves but were able to pick it back up in the second and third sets for the win. Our communication improved and we did not have as many silly mistakes for the remainder of the day. They did a great job at playing more aggressive at the net, but still need to work on setting the ball up for some hits. It was fun to watch the girls compete today and I’m excited to watch them for the remainder of the season.

As noted, this is a very  busy week for the seventh grade spikers as they will travel to Hays to battle Hays and Garden City on Tuesday before closing out the week on Thursday with a return trip to Salina for a triangular with Salina Lakewood and Abilene. They then close out the week on Saturday by traveling to Chapman to compete in the Chapman Tournament.

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