By William for www.mcpherson-county-ks.com


BUHLER – It may have taken three sets of hard-fought action in both matches, but the McPherson High junior varsity volleyball made a successful trip to Buhler on Tuesday and brought home two victories over host Buhler and Circle.

“It was an exciting night for us tonight in Buhler,” commented junior varsity Coach Melissa Bradshaw. “We had players changing positions and taking on new leadership roles and they rose to the occasion.”

In the first matchup of the evening, the Lady Bullpups got off to a bumpy start and lost their first set with Circle (22-25) before rebounding with two straight set wins (25-16, 15-11) to win the overall match itself.

“We had a long talk before the first match about our goals for the night,” continued Coach Bradshaw in reference to the play against Circle. “With a loss to Circle already this season, we were hungry to fight. We set a goal not to lose twice to any team this season. We started slowly in the match with lots of unforced errors and a little lack of leadership. We found our groove in set two. We added freshman Kelcy Bergstrom again who brings a lot of energy to the court. She is such an emotional player – the type you want on your team. Lexi Kynaston tool over the libero role and passed lights out. She led our team I passing efficiency tonight. Kaylee Zeitlow didn’t miss a serve and Kelcie Kynaston was phenomenal on defense. The pieces started to fall together and by set three we were all in. I am so proud of the.”

Once again in their second match of the day against host Buhler, McPherson stumbled out of the gate and lost the first set (17-25) before bouncing back to take the final two sets (25-18, 15-10) and the match victory.

Coach Bradshaw finished off her post-match reflections by saying, “Match two started out the same way. We were a little unfocused again and made a lot of errors. Megan Lulloff really took charge and got the team turned around. We came back fighting in set two and never looked back. This was our first undefeated night of the season and did it feel good. Such an emotional night all around, so proud of the progress this team is making.”

Next up for the Lady Bullpup junior varsity spikers will be on the road Saturday at a tournament in Great Bend.


Kelcy Bergstrom had 1 did, 7 kills and 1 ace.

Sophia Herrera had 8 digs, 12 kills, 1 stuff block and 2 aces.

Kelcie Kynaston had 13 digs, 4 kills and 1 ace.

Lexi Kynaston had 25 digs and 1 ace.

Megan Lulloff had 12 digs, 13 kills and 3 aces.

Avery Strathman had 4 kills.

Kaylee Zeitlow had 6 digs, 5 aces and 36 assists.

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