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The McPherson Middle School 8th grade volleyball team began a very busy week with a pair of lengthy wins on Monday as well as a straight set victory on Tuesday.

Up next for the busy 8th grade Junior Lady Pup Spikers will be on Thursday when they play host to both Salina Lakewood and Newton Chisholm, with the ‘A’ team hosting a tournament on Saturday.

Here is a wrap up for the ‘A’ and ‘B’ teams:


On Monday, the ‘A’ team were pushed to the limit twice as they needed three sets to defeat both Emporia (23-25, 25-20, 15-8) and Salina South (25-20, 19-25, 15-10).

“Overall today was a tough day of volleyball for our girls,” noted head coach Abby Bradstreet in her post-match reflections. “We had to dig deep and play ourselves out of several holes as we gave up way too many points against both Emporia and Salina South, though ultimately it was what made us go into three sets against both teams. I am proud of how hard the girls fought throughout the matches and how mentally tough they remained. We had some excellent plays at the net and some even better defensive plays in our back row. Our communication continues to improve and our hustle on the court was outstanding.”

Playing their first home game of the season on Tuesday, the ‘A’ team Junior Lady Pups gave the home crowd lots to cheer about as they cruised to a straight set victory (25-11, 25-18) over Abilene. The win gives the ‘A’ team an 8-1 record for the season.

Coach Bradstreet was excited after the match and it showed in her post-match reflections as she stated, “Tonight was the best we have looked all season. It was fun to watch the girls play aggressively and be successful on the court. We have been doing a much better job of communicating and hustling while we are finally starting to settle into our rotation. Brooke Doile, Karsen Burris, Elley Paulsen, Kynslie Minns, and Ava Romero all had several kills tonight and Peyton Bonham had some amazing passes. Adelyn Barrow was able to set up the ball to our hitters and overall, every single girl had an incredible night.”


It took five sets total for the ‘B’ team to get their two victories on Monday as they easily put away Emporia (25-11, 25-10) in the first match before needing three sets (25-15, 23-25, 15-10) to defeat Salina South.

“I loved to see improvement in our talk and communication while seeing us settle into our roles on the court,” explained ‘B’ team coach Chelsey McCasland. “I could really tell that the girls felt more confident in the rotation and were having fun out there while still being able to buckle down in tight situations. We are becoming solid, consistent servers and all the athletes came through when their team needed them. Serving streak shoutouts go to Jensyn Alexander, kamri Shipman-Holbert, and Addison Shaft. Salina South proved to be a tough opponent again this week. These tough matches will make us a better team and shows me that we can dig deep, compete, and get loud together. I am proud of this small, but mighty team!”

On Tuesday, the 8th grade ‘B’ team remained unbeaten at 6-0 for the season as they buried Abilene in straight sets 25-15, 25-12.

Coach McCasland finished off her reflections of the two day worth of matches by saying, “What a great home opener for the ‘B’ team Junior Lady Pups. We came out swinging against Abilene and I think playing back-to-back evenings really helped us in this dual. We picked up right where we left off on Monday with great first passes to our setters. We had more missed serves against Abilene which cost us a few points. Kamri Shipman-Holbert, Kaylee Western, and Addison Shaft all showed up at the serving line and we had six aces as a team. I am excited to see us at home again on Thursday in a loud gym as the energy is contagious.”

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