Lady ‘Cats take sixth at Lansing
Basehor-Linwood left the Lansing volleyball tournament in the middle of the pack. But for now, the Bobcats are not discouraged with that position.
BLHS traveled to Lansing Sept. 14 for a 10-team tournament. The tournament format was pool play followed by semifinals and finals matches. The Bobcats earned sixth place at the tournament.
Head coach Mardy Robinson said she saw both good and bad things during the tournament.
"We did really well considering we went into the tournament without a win and left 3-3," Robinson said. "We beat teams we should have beaten, so there's no surprise there. We could have played better against Piper, but we'll get another chance at them."
With five teams in a pool, each team played four games.
In pool play, the Bobcats won two and lost two.
It was in pool play that Robinson saw some of the team's most promising performances when they played Atchison. Robinson said the team's resolve was on display for that match, which went the full three games.
"We hadn't played well at all in the first game," Robinson said. "I don't know what caused the initial let down."
The Bobcats lost 8-15 in the first game, but Basehor-Linwood turned their fortune around in the next game.
"The team just decided they didn't want to play like that," Robinson said. "They really banded together. Aubrey Bittel had some good kills for us. Caitlin McCarty served well. She won five points in a row."
BLHS won the second game, 15-5. The Bobcats shot to another big lead in the third game, but Atchison made it close before falling to BLHS, 15-10.
Basehor-Linwood also defeated De Soto in pool play, 16-14, 15-6.
The Bobcats lost to Washburn Rural, the eventual tournament champions, 3-15, 1-15. Sabetha, which won the third place game, beat BLHS, 3-15, 9-15.
With a 2-2 record in pool play, Basehor-Linwood entered the consolation bracket.
In the semifinals, Basehor-Linwood picked up their third win defeating Louisburg, 15-12, 15-7.
The victory put the Bobcats in the fifth place game against Piper. Robinson said Piper was a team Basehor-Linwood could have beaten. However, the Bobcats fell to Piper, 10-15, 14-16.
The loss moved the Bobcats' record on the day to 3-3 and gave them a sixth place finish.
Robinson was happy with the tournament but said the team has some things to work on, one of which is serving.
"We practice serving in practice everyday," Robinson said. "It's just a mental error like free throws. You're all alone with nobody in your face. You just have to go out and get it over the net."
"The two things we've really worked on are serving and return of serve," she said. "We lose points because we don't always pass well."
The Lady 'Cats were back in action, Tuesday, Sept. 17, in Atchison for a triangular meet with Atchison and Immaculata.
BLHS dropped the first contest to Immaculata 15-11 and 15-3.
Against the host team, the Bobcats led 13-12 in game one, but could not put AHS away and lost 17-15. In game two, BLHS fell to Atchison 15-11.
Although they lost both matches, Robinson said her team did serve much better than they had in the Lansing tournament. But she was disappointed to come away winless.
"We should've beaten Atchison," Robinson said. "We had so many opportunities in both games, we just didn't capitalize."