Lady ‘Cats drop a pair of league matches
The Basehor-Linwood volleyball team struggled at Mill Valley.
The Bobcats dropped two matches Tuesday night to league opponents, Mill Valley and De Soto.
BLHS lost to Mill Valley, 5-15, 11-15. They lost to De Soto, 15-17, 6-15.
An injury to Lindsay Cunningham during a match last week forced BLHS coach Mardy Robinson to realign the team.
"Lindsay Cunningham broke her wrist in a game in Atchison," Robinson said. "We didn't realize it was broken until afterwards. She was our best hitter and played all around. We're trying to find different rotations that work, but right now we're not in sync."
The Bobcats are not in clicking on all cylinders yet, and it showed early on against Mill Valley.
In game one, the Bobcats were never in contention of winning. The game was quickly out of reach with Mill Valley winning 15-5.
"We didn't come out and play well, and they are a good team," Robinson said.
Basehor-Linwood improved in the second game against Mill Valley. Robinson said they played better, but it just was not enough.
Game two was a game of streaks.
After BLHS jumped to a 5-2 lead, Mill Valley reeled off seven points to take a 9-5 lead. A run of five points for the Bobcats gave them their last lead of the game at 10-9.
Mill Valley finished strong, winning 15-11.
"We didn't pass well and the communication wasn't there," Robinson said. "I saw the effort, but we didn't talk."
Basehor-Linwood had more success in the next game against De Soto.
The turning point of the match against De Soto was the first game. In a tough game that saw Basehor-Linwood serve for the win at one point, De Soto pulled away with a 17-15 victory.
"Volleyball is all about momentum," Robinson said. "We lost the first game when we were so close to winning, and we got down on ourselves."
In the next game, the Bobcats were never in it. BLHS dropped the second game 15-6, sending them home 0-2 on the day.
Robinson knows what the team needs to work on.
"We hit the ball better, but our passing is not where it should be," Robinson said. "We struggled with serve return. We're young and inexperienced, but we need to just keep on working.
"We have a tourney in Tonganoxie coming up. We have to work the next three days and get better."
The tournament in Tonganoxie is Saturday, Sept. 28.The tournament begins at 8 a.m. and will run all day.
The field will consist of several teams the Bobcats have already faced this season and Robinson said it will be a good test for her team.