BOTH VARSITY AND JUNIOR VARSITY CLEAN SWEEP CLEARWATER, ROSE HILL

By William Snesrud

CLEARWATER – The McPherson Volleyball team raised their season record to 22-2 on Tuesday with victories over Clearwater and Rose Hill on the road in Clearwater.

For the Lady Bullpup varsity, they scored a straight set domination over host Clearwater (25-12, 25-17) before needing three sets to defeat Rose Hill (25-15, 24-26, 25-12).

Rhian Swanson and Katie Berg led McPherson in kills with 27 and 20 respectively while Brette Doile recorded 42 assists and both Lauren Labertew and Taylor Casebeer each had 24 digs. Both Ella Schmid and Casebeer recorded four aces as the team had 16 overall for the evening.

“We had a whirlwind of a night and I was proud of our outcome,” noted Lady Bullpup Head Coach Christy Doile. “Both the Varsity and Junior Varsity had to run new line-ups without practicing them first. We had a varsity unable to play and Karter Alvord stepped into a varsity starting position. Our girls were playing for the teammate that could not be with us.”

Coach Doile concluded her post-match reflections by saying, “We did drop a set against Rose Hill, but we reminded ourselves that we have to play at our very best for our teammate. That seemed to be the motivation they needed. We served very well tonight, racking up 16 aces on the night. Taylor (Casebeer) really got on a roll serving in set three against Rose Hill to give us a nice lead. She was mixing her serves short and deep, keeping them out of system. I am happy for the junior varsity and varsity in making a 4-0 sweep on the night.”

In the Lady Bullpup Junior Varsity matches, McPherson scored two straight set victories in beating Clearwater (25-20, 25-17) and then Rose Hill (26-24, 25-22).

Aimee Leblanc had a hug night by scoring 11 kills while Emma Stein had six.

According to junior varsity Coach Katelyn Loecker, “It was a fun night for our junior varsity team. Our girls competed and did what we talked about before the matches to get the outcomes we wanted. Kelcy Bergstrom had a great nigh for us in the back row and our hitters were more consistent with keeping the ball in and finishing plays.”

LADY BULLPUP VARSITY VOLLEYBALL STAT LEADERS:

IN KILLS: Rhian Swanson 27; Katie Berg 20; Brette Doile 5.

IN ASSISTS: Brette Doile 42; Lauren Labertew 6.

IN ACES: Ella Schmid 4; Taylor Casebeer 4; Karter Alvord 2; Katie Berg 2; Rhian Swanson 2.

IN BLOCKS: Lauren Labertew 2; Ella Schmid 2.

IN DIGS: Lauren Labertew 24; Taylor Casebeer 24; Ella Schmid 10; Rhian Swanson 10.

LADY BULLPUP JUNIOR VARSITY VOLLEYBALL STAT LEADERS:

IN ACES: Emma Stein 3; Aimee Leblanc 3.

IN KILLS: Aimee Leblanc 11; Emma Stein 6; Anna Vogts 5; Kelci Kynaston 5.

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