By William for


ABILENE – A busy week of six matches in just four days came to an end on Thursday for the McPherson Middle School eighth-grade volleyball team and they did it on the road in Abilene by splitting four matches with Abilene and Salina Lakewood.

The split ends a busy week in which the eighth-grade Lady Junior Pups played two at home on Monday, went on the road for two matches at Hays on Tuesday before playing in Abilene, all of which came after playing in the Clay Center Invitational on Saturday – in other words they played 18 matches in six days.

Despite the busy week, the eighth grade ‘A’ team came out swinging and scored a straight set victory over host Abilene (25-22, 25-19) before having to battle for three sets before losing to Salina Lakewood (25-18, 22-25, 8-15). On Monday the girls beat Lakewood in straight sets by a total of just six points. The split also means the girls are not 8-4 for the season.

“Tonight, was another close night of volleyball,” chimed eight-grade Head Coach Jacque Colgrove. “The girls definitely did not play their best, but they still managed to get the win against Abilene. In the second match against Lakewood, we played well the first set but then struggled serve receiving and hitting in the next two sets. Our serving did improve a little, but we just need to be more consistent.”

Coach Colgrove finished her brief post-match reflections by pointing out the obvious, “Everyone is ready for a little break from volleyball this weekend to rest up before getting back at it on Monday.”

In the eighth grade ‘B’ matches, McPherson battled three sets with host Abilene before losing (15-25, 25-23, 13-15) with the final two sets decided by just four points. The Lady Junior Pups then defeated Salina Lakewood (25-20, 25-23) in two sets that were much closer than they played on Monday. With the split, the ‘B’ team now stands at 9-3 for the season.

‘B’ team Coach Stevie Stockham noted the busy week in her post match reflections by saying, “The girls are pretty drained after a long, busy week of volleyball. They came up a little short against Abilene but were then able to get the win against Lakewood. The girls have the weekend to rest and hopefully have tons of energy to play on Monday.”

On Monday, September 15, the eighth-grade spikers return to action on the road in Salina where they will tangle with Salina South and Emporia.

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