Bobcats come out firing
It took playing the host squad to get their best effort, but Tuesday night in Eudora at the first volleyball meet of the season, the Basehor-Linwood Bobcats went 2-1 in matches and swept the Eudora Cardinals in two straight games in the finale.
In coach Mardy Robinson's first meet as BLHS head coach, the Bobcats walked through the first two matches, losing to Baldwin High School two games to one and beating Bonner Springs High School two games to one. But in the third and final match of the night, the 'Cats stepped up their play to a higher level.
"We wanted to come out and play our toughest in the last match because we wanted to get two more wins and not just one," senior Jamie Cochran said.
The final match's first game started with a run of five straight points served by senior Briana Barron. From there, Robinson said the entire outlook of the match changed.
"Those first five points were so key, because from there the game was in our hands," Robinson said. "When we won the first, we knew that we could win the match."
Basehor did win the first game, rather easily 15-10. The second game, however, was a much closer contest.
From the outset, the Bobcats and Cardinals battled point for point in the final game and it wasn't until Eudora jumped up 7-4 that either team had breathing room. At that point, Robinson called timeout and reminded her team about the first game.
Following the timeout, the Bobcats stormed back into the match and stretched the lead all the way to 14-9, but Eudora followed with a stretch of 6 straight points and all of a sudden BLHS was facing game point. Robinson again called timeout.
"I told them that we were still fine and that the game was still ours," Robinson said. "When you play tough competition, you tend to rise to that level and I think we did that."
BLHS staved off four more game points and finally won the game 17-15 to give them a 2-1 match record at the meet.
Senior Christina McCarty led the way for the Bobcats with about 20 kills on the night, but other players, like Barron with her serving and sophomore Katie Burchfield with her blocking, stepped up as well. Although happy with the wins, McCarty said she saw some things the team could've done better.
"We need to work on our serving errors and our coverage," McCarty said. "We're close, but we still need to work on it."