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The McPherson Middle School eighth grade volleyball team once again managed to handle one opponent before struggling with another on Monday as they split a pair of home matches with visiting Hutchinson and Newton-Chisholm. It marks the fifth time this season the team has split a triangular.

For the eighth grade ‘A’ team, they sparkled against Hutchinson in their first match of the day and scored a straight set victory (25-16, 25-14) before battle nose-to-nose with Newton-Chisholm before dropping both sets of match two by two points each time (23-25, 23-25). The split puts the Lady Junior Pup spikers at 10-6 for the season.

“The girls played great against Hutchinson and then struggles against Newton,” noted Head Coach Jacque Colgrove. “Hutchinson was a good team, and we got into a rhythm playing together, making serves, digging tough hits, and attacking the ball. Against Newton-Chisholm, the girls lacked energy after sitting for a match, and could never quite pull ahead after getting down big early. It was a tough end to playing on their home court for the girls.”

Coach Colgrove concluded her day reflections by discussing the remainder of the season, saying, “Now we have two weeks left of the season and travel to Salina Lakewood three times and host the ‘A’ team tournament at McPherson High School on Saturday, October 6. Hopefully the girls will finish the season strong!”

It was much the same for the Lady Junior Pup ‘B’ team as they also beat Hutchinson in their first match, though their straight set win was much closer (25-23, 25-18). After taking set one (25-21) against Newton-Chisholm, the ‘B’ team lost a hard battle second and third set (21-25, 12-15) and lost match two. For the season the ‘B’ team is now 14-4.

“It was an interesting night of volleyball,” said ‘B’ team Coach Stevie Stockham. “The girls chose to start each game off in a hole. In the first game against Hutchinson, I believe we started each match 0-6 and then had to fight back twice as hard to get back on top to win it. We beat ourselves in the last game against Newton. The girls lacked energy and had a hard time communicating with each other on the court. Hopefully, we get it figured out by our next games.”

Next up for the eighth grade Lady Junior Pup spikers will be on Monday, September 30 when they travel north to Salina for a Quad at Salina Lakewood that will also include Concordia and Newton-Chisholm.

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