Burnett returns as Bobcats’ leader
For the past two seasons, Basehor-Linwood High School senior Cristin Burnett has waited quietly for her turn.
As the starting setter for the BLHS volleyball team for the past two seasons, some might find it odd that Burnett has not yet blossomed as a leader.
However, Burnett sees it as a normal progression. She has waited her turn and now that her senior year has arrived, she's ready to be a leader.
"I'm ready to take it on," Burnett said. "I'm really looking forward to being out there and taking on this role."
BLHS coach Mardy Robinson said she thinks Burnett will have no problem in the leadership role.
Robinson has coached her setter for three years and she knows Burnett is capable of leading both verbally and by example.
Last year Robinson saw Burnett step aside and let the seniors lead the team. At times, she wished her junior would have stepped up more.
With the season less than two weeks away, Robinson knows Burnett is ready to give everything she's got.
"She's our floor leader," Robinson said. "She knows the game so well and is always in control. This year, I'm looking for her to apply that to the rest of the team."
While leading and controlling the game on the floor are old hat for Burnett, Robinson said she's also expecting a few new things out of the senior.
"We're going to use her in the front row some this year and see if we can't get her a few more kills," Robinson said.
Burnett said she liked the idea of getting more chances to spike the ball, but added she's completely content with setting up the Bobcats' second leading hitter from a year ago, Lindsay Cunningham.
"Me and Lindsay have a lot of good chemistry together," Burnett said of her teammate. "When we get it flowing, we just let it go and it usually works."
Both Burnett and Cunningham worked on their game during the summer and Robinson said she can tell they both improved after watching them in the first couple days of practice. One thing Cunningham worked on was setting the ball, something that might benefit Burnett this season.
"I can hit a little and it is exciting to kill the ball," Burnett said. "But I like being the setter. I like controlling the game."
After two years of waiting, it's finally Burnett's turn to control a season.