Bobcats sweep home meet, move to 7-5
The Basehor-Linwood volleyball team swept its first home meet of the season Tuesday, Sept. 18. And in the three wins at the meet, the Bobcats got, what coach Mardy Robinson called, their biggest win of the year a three-game battle against Mill Valley.
"I think that was definitely our biggest win of the year so far," an elated Robinson said after the meet. "But I wish we didn't have to play them again, because they're a good team and I'm sure the revenge factor will be there next time."
This time, however, all that was there was quality volleyball. Mill Valley jumped out to a 10-0 lead in game one, but from there the Bobcats settled down and regained their composure.
"I told them, when Mill Valley got to 12, that this is where the run stops," Robinson said. "And for the most part we held them down after that."
In fact, the Bobcats were so successful in keeping MVHS at 12, that they almost won the first game.
"I really thought we were going to come back and win that first game," senior Christina McCarty said. "It was definitely our biggest win so far, but we haven't played Lansing yet. We played good tonight, what else can you say?"
Mill Valley won game one, 15-6 but in game two it was a different story.
In game two, the Bobcats did their best Mill Valley impression, as they too jumped out to a 10-0 lead. Powered by McCarty and Lindsay Cunningham kills as well as several MVHS mistakes, BLHS put the Jaguars away in game two, 15-9, and forced a game three.
BLHS again jumped out in game three, this time to a 7-1 lead, but Mill Valley made sure this one went down to the wire. Game three was decided more by mistakes than it was by kills, but Robinson said that's what happens when two quality teams do battle.
"In a game where both teams really hustle, it's the team that makes the fewest mistakes that usually wins and tonight we were that team," Robinson said. "I'm very proud of the way we played."
In other action on Tuesday, the Bobcats dropped De Soto high school in two straight games, 15-3 and 15-9, to open the night, and they beat Bonner Springs 15-13, 15-6 to close the night. The three wins pushed BLHS's record to 7-5 this season.
"Lindsay Cunningham was a killing machine," Robinson said. "So was Christina. Lindsay carried us in the first win over De Soto and Christina carried us in the second."
Next up for the Bobcats will be a tournament at Tonganoxie on Saturday, Sept. 22.