McLouth volleyball team adjusts to playing in marathon contests
If they'd been playing baseball, it would have been extra innings. If they'd been playing basketball, it would have been overtime.
But in volleyball, there's no official terminology for what McLouth High's team has been doing frequently this season.
In nine matches, three games have required additional play, because the leading team wasn't ahead by at least two points when it reached 25 points. The Bulldogs are 2-1 in those games.
On Sept. 5, the Bulldogs faced Jefferson County North and Troy on the road. Against Troy, the Bulldogs fell, 25-20, in the first game, but won the second game, 28-26 -- one of those nail-biter, sudden death games. That contest forced a decisive third game. Troy prevailed 25-19 in that game.
Although the Bulldogs had additional play against the Trojans, they had an even longer battle against JCN.
MHS lost the first game, 25-19, but came back for a slim 25-23 win in game 2. Again, the match was decided in three games. Against JCN, the Bulldogs were victorious, but needed even more points to hold off the Chargers, winning 30-28 in a marathon match.
MHS coach Amy Bergman complimented her back row players -- Sam Farris, Kylie Shufflebarger and Paula Pinto -- for "amazing passes and digs throughout the entire night." The Bulldog coach also praised setters Rachael Thompson and Leah Hoffhines and front row players for their numerous kills and blocks.
The Bulldogs now are 3-6 on the season.
MHS winless at home
McLouth tussled with Kansas City Christian for three games in Delaware Valley League volleyball action Aug. 30, but MHS couldn't hold off the visitors from Prairie Village on the Bulldogs' home court.
The Bulldogs were hot in the first game, winning the first contest 25-11. KC Christian bounced back for a 25-17 victory in game 2, which forced a deciding game 3. The two teams battled past the regulation score, but KC Christian finally prevailed, 29-27, in what was the team's first extra-points game of the season.
McLouth also lost to Horton, 25-19, 25-20, and to Valley Falls, 25-17, 25-14.
Valley Falls went undefeated in the quadrangular, also deafeating KC Christian (25-18, 25-15) and Horton (25-17, 25-22).
Horton finished the night at 2-1. They also defeated KC Christian, 13-25, 25-20, 25-7.