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GREAT BEND – Despite stumbling down the stretch of the day, the McPherson High junior varsity volleyball team still earned a second-place finish on Saturday in the round robin tournament they played at the Great Bend Invitational.

The Lady Bullpups got off to a rousing start by taking down both Newton (25-10, 25-22) and Hoisington (25-13, 25-22) in not only straight sets but nearly by identical scores.

“The Great Bend Invitational is always a round robin tournament,” noted junior varsity Coach Melissa Bradshaw. “So we knew we were going to get lots of great matches in throughout the day. We took care of Newton and Hoisington early as Kaylee (Zeitlow) had some great serving runs including the first set against Newton when I believe she served 22 in a row.”

In the next two matches, McPherson was pushed to the limit with a three-set win over Scott City (25-14, 20-25, 15-12) before losing their first match of the day, again going to the three set limit before losing to Wichita Trinity (21-25, 25-14, 13-15).

Against host Great Bend, the Lady Bullpups lost their second straight match (17-25, 20-25) to finish out the day with three wins and two losses.

“Scott City and Wichita Trinity were both close matches,” added Coach Bradshaw. “Against Trinity we made too many errors late and came up just short. The Great Bend junior varsity on Saturday was the best I’ve ever seen them. We had to adjust our defense a little to adjust to their hitters and our players responded well. We went 3-2 on the day, but I saw major improvements in areas for our players. Kaylee (Zeitlow) and Lexi (Kynaston) were making outstanding defense plays all day and Sophia (Herrera) lead us in kills. When this team minimizes their errors, I would put us against anyone.”

The Lady Bullpup junior varsity spikers will be back on the court on Tuesday when they host a triangular with Clearwater and Rose Hill before heading to Wichita on Saturday for their final regular season tournament at the Bishop Carroll Invitational.


Kelcy Bergstrom had 16 digs, 13 kills, 1 stuff block and 3 aces.

Tailynn Buettgenbach had 4 digs and 3 kills.

Sophia Herrera had 21 digs, 25 kills, 2 stuff blocks and 8 aces.

Kelcie Kynaston had 18 digs, 13 kills and 3 aces.

Lexi Kynaston had 83 digs, 5 kills and 1 ace.

Avery Strathman had 4 digs, 11 kills, 1 stuff block and 4 aces.

Kaylee Zeitlow had 17 digs, 3 kills, 14 aces and 61 assists.

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