The McPherson Girls Volleyball team put forth a valiant effort on Saturday. They first faced Goddard Eisenhower and won, 25-21, 25-19. Coach Christy Doile said, ” We played very well against a good Eisenhower team. Set 1 we didn’t have the lead until the end of the set at 21-20. I had to call a time-out when we were down by 3 in the middle of the set. We finished the set very strong. Set 2 we jumped out to a big lead and Eisenhower came back, took the lead 14-13. At that point, we took control of the match.”
The Bullpups, after a 20-minute warm-up, next had a matchup with a fearsome Andover squad that finished the regular season with a 32-6 record. The Bullpups lost in two sets, 19-25, 19-25. Coach Doile commented, “Andover had 5 seniors and a DI beach volleyball sophomore within their starting line-up. They also were 5A sub-state champs the previous season.”. This was a formidable matchup and the Bullpups played to the best of their ability. Coach Doile said after the game that she was happy with the effort her team displayed.
Coach Doile had a few remarks about the standout players from this season:
“Seniors Sweat, Cooks and Burgess. Burgess did a fine job of being a great role model and being a wonderful teammate. She had limited playing time but was committed to helping this team succeed. I was impressed with her selflessness and I enjoyed having her with us every day. Sweat finally got back on the volleyball court and we were so thrilled to have her back for her senior season. She ended up being a 6 rotation player for us and in her last two matches, she passed a 2.21. She tended to be a player other teams tried to pick on at times in receive, she stayed mentally tough and got the ball to target today. Sweat is a happy, positive, level headed player on our court. We will miss her height in the middle of the net and her upbeat attitude. Cooks was named “best leader” of the Washburn team camp. Cooks was our team leader. We will miss her explosive hits and her loud, confident voice. Cooks was a three-year starter for us, she hit .500 in her last two matches of her career, which is absolutely outstanding.
Doile did a great job of stepping in as a young sophomore and running our offense this season. Sophomore, Labertew also helped us out with some of those assists.
Schmid really stepped up as a primary receiver and one of our top servers. Schmid 2nd in aces with 39, 26 errors on 386 attempts, 93% over the net. Doile led our team in aces with 48, also leading the team in serve % over the net at 98%. 48 aces, 8 errors on 449 attempts.
Offensively Swanson led us with 407 kills, .295% hitting efficiency which is 2nd on our team to Berg. Berg’s hitting efficiency was .322%, we want our MH’s to have higher efficiency as they get to swing at more balls when we are in the system. OHs have to also swing at balls when we are out of system, which makes it harder to get a kill, so their percentage should be lower than an MH. Cooks 2nd in kills with 277 and hit .266%, also a great number for an OH.
Sweat led us in blocks with 48, Berg 35, Swanson 34. We will miss Sweat’s height in the middle of the net next season.
Casebeer and Schmid led us on receive. Casebeer a 2.20 and Schmid a 2.24. It will be nice to have both of these players back on receive.
Casebeer led us in digs with 318. Our non-libero player dig leader was Labertew at 181. Casebeer’s strength is her digging, she reads the hitter’s really well.”