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Except for one set, the McPherson Middle School seventh grade ‘A’ and ‘B’ volleyball teams made a clean sweep on Thursday of visiting Salina Lakewood and Hays.

In the ‘A’ team matches, Hays gave the Junior Lady Pups a run for their money in set one before McPherson scored a 25-21 win, after which the host dismantled Hays in the second set 25-5 to earn the match victory.

Against Salina Lakewood, the ‘A’ team got a bit more of a fight in both sets before winning in straight sets (25-18, 25-17).

“Despite coming away with two wins, we lacked energy and struggled to focus at times tonight,” noted Head Coach Shelley Bohme. “We missed two many serves in the first set with Hays. We set a goal to improve our serving in set two and the girls really stepped up and served 91% as a team in that set.”

Coach Bohme concluded her reflections on the matches by saying, “We continued to serve better against Lakewood. We played with a little more energy against an improved Lakewood team, but still couldn’t seem to get in a rhythm where we were setting the ball up and attacking consistently. There were times when we had great hustle and help, which allowed us to get some saves to keep the ball in play. Going into our league tournament on Saturday, communication and energy on the court are areas we need to focus on.”

The seventh grade ‘A’ team is now 18-3 for the season as they prep to play in the Pioneer League Tournament on Saturday at Newton.

Outside of the middle set of match one and the final set of match two, the seventh-grade ‘B’ team, which is now 24-1 for the season, were never really threatened on the day as the Junior Lady Pups let Hays stretch them for two sets (25-18, 21-25) which included a loss, before they hammered away in set three for a 15-9 win and overall match victory.

Against Salina Lakewood in the final match of the day, the Junior Lady Pups routed the visitors in the first set, 25-8, before squeezing out a 25-22 win in set two.

“Despite being down three girls tonight the girls played really well,” commented ‘B’ team Coach Abby Bradstreet. “They were able to adjust and fill the missing spots. We had way too many dropped balls and missed serves against Hays as well as against Salina Lakewood in our second set with them. We looked pretty sluggish out on the court today but did a great job at communicating and setting up the ball.”

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