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HAYS – It’s been a busy first few days of the week with two duals and a long road trip to Hays, but the McPherson Middle School eighth-grade volleyball team still managed to win three out of four matches after all that travel to Hays on Tuesday.

For the Lady Junior Pups eighth-grade ‘A’ team, not only have they not had a day off early in the week, they had to perform after a long drive to Hays and then go six sets to finish 1-1 for the day as they dropped their first match of the afternoon against Garden City (23-25) before fighting back and winning sets two and three (25-20, 16-14) to get the first match victory. Against host Hays, McPherson scored a first set win before dropping two straight, hard fought sets (25-19, 17-25, 17-19) for a loss. For the season the ‘A’ team is now 7-3.

“It was another tough night of volleyball,” noted ‘A’ team Head Coach Jacque Colgrove. “The girls fought hard during both matches and were able to come away with a victory against Garden City but lost a close one to Hays. I am proud of the girls for not giving up against either team even though they were tired. This group is so athletic, and their play shows it with the number of saves to keep rallies going, unfortunately they just came up short on a few key points.”

While the eighth grade ‘B’ team also scored a victory over Garden City, they were able to do it just straight sets (25-20, 25-15). When they went to battle with Hays, it became a three-set battle with McPherson earning wins in the first and third set to get the match victory (25-11, no score available, 15-12). With the two wins, the ‘B’ team now stands at 8-2 for the season.

In her brief post-match reflections, ‘B’ team Coach Stevie Stockham said, “The girls fought hard. It was a really late night for everyone, and I am so thankful the girls are night owls! We did a better job calling the ball, being aggressive, and moving our feet. I am very proud of these girls!”

On Thursday, the eighth-grade spikers will be on the road again when they travel to Abilene to tangle with Abilene and Salina Lakewood.

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