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El DORADO – It proved to be a true tale of two different battles on Tuesday for the McPherson High volleyball team as they went on the road to El Dorado and scored two victories, one in easy fashion and one that seemed to be a battle royale.

In their first match of the night, the Lady Bullpup spikers were ready to get back at Augusta after the Orioles upset McPherson last week, and they got their payback by dismantling Augusta in straight sets (25-12, 25-13).

Against Augusta, McPherson Head Coach Christy Doile noted, “We started off on fire and really never backed off. Augusta never got their offense going and didn’t play as well as last week.”

Now the match of the day became the tangle with host El Dorado who gave the Lady Bullpups everything they had, plus some, in taking McPherson to three sets before the visitors scored a win.

The Wildcats surprised McPherson in the first set and scored a 22-25 set victory while refusing to let up on the battle as they took the Lady Bullpups to match point in the second set before the visitors prevailed 26-24 to put the match into a third set.

Like the first two sets, El Dorado was not going to lose that third set on their home court without a full-fledged battle and they had McPherson on the ropes with a 20-15 lead before the Lady Bullpups gathered themselves together and went on a 10-2 run to take a victory in both the third set and the match itself.

“Wow, the Bullpups of the past were back,” said Coach Doile. “We find ourselves down against El Dorado and we fought back to pull off the win. In set one we had too many errors, which has been a thorn in our side. In set two, we came together as a team and fought our way to the 26-24 victory. El Dorado was putting balls down hard and digging our tough hits in that second set. Set three we were down 15-20, but we fight like creazy to take them down. We had some clutch serving down the stretch. Taylor (Casebeer) and Brett (Doile) served well near the end of set two, while Ella (Schmid) served well in set three to help us go on our run. Rhian (Swanson) got going at the net in set three when we were down and racked up several kills. Overall, we passed better than last week, therefore we could set and swing better. We still had too many unforced errors, but less than last week. Overall, we served better too.”

Coach Doile concluded her post-match reflections by saying the obvious, “Walking out of that gym felt 100 times better than last week. We could have easily lost to El Dorado, but our kids didn’t give up and were very coachable.”

With the victory, the Lady Bullpup spikers now stand at 9-3 for the season as they prep to travel on Tuesday to Buhler for a triangular with the always tough Crusaders and the T-Birds of Circle.

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