No. 6 McPherson rolls in Augusta triangular

Ethan Denton

AUGUSTA – The sixth ranked team in Class 5A showed little struggle in their sweep at the Augusta triangular on Tuesday, taking down El Dorado and Augusta in straight sets.

McPherson 2, Augusta 0

It was nearly impossible for the Orioles to find any offense early on against the Lady Bullpups. McPherson controlled all of the action early, jumping to a 15-5 lead. At that point, all of the Orioles’ points had come on Bullpup miscues. They did not pick up a kill until the next point that made it 15-6. The teams traded points for a stretch, but McPherson had no trouble finishing off the first set, taking it 25-12.

“Everything (McPherson) hit was in play, it was tough to dig,” Augusta head coach Brian Hallmark said. “I don’t think we played that bad, they just played that well.

It was a different looking Augusta team in the second set. McPherson led 5-2, and then the Orioles came alive with an 8-0 run, forcing Mac to take a timeout.

Augusta built the lead to 14-7, and then the Bullpups began their comeback. They got the match knotted at 22-22, and then after each side scored a point to level matters again, McPherson stepped up and got the final two points to win the set 25-23 and claim a 2-0 match victory.

McPherson 2, El Dorado 0

While Augusta was able to threaten McPherson in one set, the Bullpups never gave the Wildcats any glimpse of hope. In the opening set, Mac scored the first ten points and did not relent, taking the set 25-8.

El Dorado did step up to play a more competitive second set. They were as close as 11-8 before McPherson hit them with another run, cruising to a 25-15 win and getting the two-set sweep. It was simply a matter of the Bullpups being able to set up their offense to get kills while El Dorado was fighting just to dig and keep points alive.