Archive for Wednesday, October 24, 2001

BLHS volleyball already looking to next year

October 24, 2001

As five seniors played their final volleyball game as Basehor-Linwood Bobcats Saturday, Oct. 20, three juniors and a sophomore were left with a bad taste in their mouths and revenge on their minds.

"Oh yeah, we're definitely going to be hungrier next year," junior Lindsay Cunningham said. "You never like to lose, no matter when it happens."

Unfortunately, however, only one team can walk away saying that it won its final game, and this year that one team was not Basehor-Linwood.

Five seniors are exiting, but next year three seniors will step up to take their places and although it's a bit too early to tell, Robinson said she thinks next year's team will have a chance to be every bit as good.

"Every year there's a new personality to each team," Robinson said. "And with the girls we have returning next year, I think we have a shot to be good."

Cunningham will be the leading

returning hitter for the Bobcats next year. This year, she led the team in hitting percentage and Robinson said she was the most consistent hitter on the team. Next year, she will likely draw more focus from defenses, and Robinson said Cunningham will have to find other ways to be effective.

"Lindsay's our top returning hitter so we'll count on her a lot next season," Robinson said. "I'll expect her to get more aggressive and to use the skills she has to dominate."

Two setters will be back, including Cristin Burnett who will begin her third year of varsity volleyball. Robinson said having Burnett back will help with the transition because she was a leader in so many ways on this year's team.

"We'll have our floor leader back and that will help a lot," Robinson said of Burnett. "She likes to lead by example, but I think as a senior she'll step up and lead vocally as well."

Abby Ross will be the final member of next year's senior class. Ross played sparingly this season on varsity, but made the most of her time on the court. Robinson said she thinks Ross will be ready to step up into a major role for next year's team.

Along with the senior class, a few juniors will be expected to contribute as well. Heading up this list will be Katie Burchfield.

As a sophomore this year, Burchfield was one of the most surprising players for Robinson, who said she didn't expect to count on the sophomore so heavily.

"Katie will be back and that will be a big help for us at the net," Robinson said. "She returns as the best blocker I've seen in a while."

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