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SALINA – The McPherson High junior varsity volleyball team went to Salina on Saturday for the AVCTL (Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League) Junior Varsity Volleyball Tournament and came home with two wins and three losses on the day.

With the two wins, the Lady Bullpup junior varsity reached the 20-win mark on the season.

McPherson opened and closed the day with Salina Central, losing the first match with the Mustangs in two very tough, highly competitive sets (18-25, 20-25), and then closed out the day with a rematch against Salina Central and lost once again in straight sets (19-25, 11-25).

In the second match of the day, the Lady Bullpups went into overtime in set one with Haysville/Campus before losing, 28-30, and then dropped set two as well, 20-25, for their second loss of the day.

The Lady Bullpups won both match three and four, battling past a first set loss to Salina South to sweep the next two sets and get the three set victory (19-25, 25-13, 15-9) and then hanging on with Newton for a straight set win (25-15, 27-25).

“Although as a team Saturday we struggled to minimize our errors, we had an impressive showing against the number one seed, Salina South where we played maybe our best match of the season,” noted Head Coach Melissa Bradshaw in her post tournament reflections. “Sophia (Herrera) lead out team offensively throughout the day with 27 kills. We really rely on her to do a lot for our team, same with Libero, Lexi Kynaston. She finished the day with an impressive 83 digs and five kills from the back row. Kaylee (Zeitlow) was also a constant leader for us throughout the day as she went on many serving runs to and finished with 72 assists.”

The junior varsity Lady Bullpup spikers will close out their 2019 season on Tuesday, October 22 when they travel to Winfield for a triangular with Winfield and Andale.


LADY BULLPUPS lost to Salina Central (18-25, 20-25)

LADY BULLPUPS lost to Haysville/Campus (28-30, 20-25)

LADY BULLPUPS BEAT Salina South (19-25, 25-13, 15-9)

LADY BULLPUPS BEAT Newton (25-15, 27-25)

LADY BULLPUPS lost to Salina Central (19-25, 11-25)


Kelcy Bergstrom had 21 kills, made 1 stuff block, scored 1 ace and made 28 digs.

Tailynn Buettgenbach made 3 digs.

Sophia Herrera had 27 kills, made 2 stuff blocks, scored 7 aces and made 24 digs.

Kelcie Kynaston had 5 kills, scored 4 aces and made 24 digs.

Lexi Kynaston had 5 kills, scored 4 aces and made 83 digs.

Maliya Paine scored 1 ace and made 2 digs.

Avery Strathman had 14 kills, made 4 stuff blocks, scored 4 aces and made 3 digs.

Kaylee Zeitlow had 3 kills, scored 1 ace, made 14 digs and recorded 72 assists.


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