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HAYS – Despite a short turn around from playing on Monday, the McPherson Middle School seventh-grade volleyball team made the long journey to Hays on Tuesday and came home with three wins and one loss in matches with Garden City and Hays.

It was a rough start for the Lady Junior Pups ‘A’ team as they went three sets before losing to Garden City (13-25, 25-17, 10-15) in their first match of the day, but bounced back well and dominated host Hays in the second match of the day by beating them in straight sets (25-8, 25-11).

For the season, the seventh grade ‘A’ team is now 4-2.

“After a rocky first set against Garden City, we got off to a great start in set two and played some really good volleyball to force the third set,” commented Head Coach Shelley Bohme. “We made some passes to our setters and were able to attack the ball. We continued to struggle with serve receive, and missed serves and unforced errors, but I’m confident those will improve.”

Coach Bohme concluded her post-match reflections by saying, “I was incredibly proud of how well we played against Hays. We communicated well on the court and really worked together as a team. The girls were aggressive at the net and did a nice job of covering the floor and helping each other. We will focus on some things in practice tomorrow to prepare for Thursday and Saturday.”

While the seventh-grade ‘B’ team remained unbeaten on the season at 6-0 when they defeated both Garden City (25-14, 25-21) and Hays (25-22, 25-21) in straight sets, each set had its battles with three of the four finishing with differences of four points or less.

“I thought the girls played really well tonight,” said ‘B’ team Coach Abby Bradstreet. “Aside from a few unforced errors and missed serves, they worked really well as a team. Our communication was better, and we were able to set the ball up more tonight. We need to work on our serve receive more, but overall they did a great job today!”

Next up for the seventh-grade Lady Junior Pup spikers will be a trip to Salina on Thursday where they will battle in a triangular with Salina Lakewood and Abilene, before ending a very busy week of playing four times in six days when they travel to Chapman on Saturday for the Chapman tournament.

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