By William / www.mcpherson-county-ks.com

MCPHERSON – The McPherson Middle School volleyball teams scored a two match, straight set sweep of both Hutchinson and Salina South to open their 2021 season last Thursday.


The 8th grade varsity scored nearly identical scores in both matches as they swept Hutchinson 25-20, 25-22 before putting away Salina South 25-22, 25-22.

According to the coaching staff, some great plays were made at the net by Karson Burris, Kynslie Minns, Adelyn Barrow, and Elley Paulsen while Ava Romero and Brooke Doile were mentioned for having some great kills and saves in both matches.

“We were excited to begin the competition portion of our season and even more excited to come away with two wins,” exclaimed head coach Abby Bradstreet in her post match reflections. “It is always good to get out on the court and play because now we know where our weaknesses are and work to improve them. Overall, we played extremely well as a team though we will need to improve on our communication as well as serves. I am so proud of how mentally tough the girls were tonight and cannot wait to see how they progress throughout the season.”


In the B-team matches the results were the same as far as straight two-set sweeps with the Junior Lady Pups scoring a 25-10, 25-18 win over Hutchinson before allowing Salina South to extend them to the limit with scores of 25-19, 31-29.

Addison Shaft, Kamri Shipman-Holbert, and Jasmyn Evans were noted by the coaches for their serves.

“After three-weeks of practice, we were ready to see how we stood up against teams from other schools,” noted B-team coach Chelsey McCasland. “As the evening progressed, we came together as a team though our movement in rotation looked a little shaky at first but by the second set, we were settling into our roles. My proudest moment as a coach tonight was during the point by point, battle to the finish, second set against Salina South. Our players kept their composure, encouraged, and trusted their teammates, and won that game with grit and determination. I am looking forward to our next matchups.”

Next up for the 8th grade Junior Lady Pup volleyball team is a road trip on Thursday to Goddard Eisenhower.