Bobcats flat in finale
To say the Bobcats weren't ready to play would be an understatement. To say why would be almost impossible, but that was the case Tuesday, Oct. 16, when Basehor-Linwood traveled to Olathe South for its final regular season volleyball meet of the season.
"I'm not really sure what happened tonight," BLHS coach Mardy Robinson said. "We just weren't into it. I think I should take the blame for that because obviously I did not have them prepared to play."
Despite not being prepared to play, however, the Bobcats jumped out to a good start in the first of their three matches. After falling down 4-1 to Wyandotte High School, the Bobcats reeled off nine straight points on their way to an easy victory.
Game two was even easier. Five different BLHS servers scored the Bobcats' first five points and senior Briana Barron took it upon herself to score more, as she pushed the score from 4-1 to 10-1 and helped ice the win.
"A win is a win," Robinson said. "But we definitely had way too many mental errors that we need to fix if we want to get better."
Unfortunately for the Bobcats, that was not the case in the second and third matches as the BLHS mental errors piled higher instead of disappearing.
The Falcons jumped all over BLHS in their match, winning, 15-5, 15-5 in two straight. Junior Lindsay Cunningham came alive a little in the second game as she had four kills, but her hitting could not make up for the Bobcats' bad breaks and lazy play.
In the final match of the night, things got worse as BLHS fell to Bonner Springs 15-2, 15-10.
After dropping the first game quickly, the Bobcats looked as if they would do the same in the second, but instead they stepped up and made a game of it. Cunningham again stepped up with her hitting recording three straight kills in the middle of game two, and each player seemed to pick up their game to try and score the comeback.
"I was happy to see that we didn't just quit," Cunningham said. "I really thought we had a chance to come back and win that second game the way we turned things around."
It was too little too late, however, as the Braves closed out the match and won 15-10.
The 1-2 record at the meet dropped BLHS's record to 16-21 overall this season. The Bobcats will now wait for the pairings of Saturday, Oct. 20th's sub-state to be released. Sub-state will be played at Lansing High School and the Bobcats are likely to be a No. 4 or No. 5 seed. BLHS will be bracketed in a tournament with seven other teams and they will fight for the right to move on to state.
Despite their effort at the most recent match, the Bobcats still feel good about their chances heading into Saturday.
"Hopefully we got the worst out of the way and got all of the kinks out tonight and we'll be ready to play on Saturday," Cunningham said.