4 Bobcat seniors say goodbye
Four Bobcat seniors said goodbye to the Basehor-Linwood gymnasium on Tuesday, playing their last volleyball matches there. At the end of the night the four seniors had one dominant victory, two tough losses and plenty of accolades from their coach and teammates.
The Bobcats were on top of their game in the first match, and Wyandotte had no answer for them. Junior setter Morgan Kenney moved the ball around expertly, and hitters Katie Burchfield and Jackie White shined. Burchfield ended up with 5 kills in the first game as the Bobcats cruised 25-12.
The second game was more of the same as the Bobcats jumped out to a 5-0 lead and never looked back. This time senior Kelly Schaffer led a team effort with three kills and an ace. The Bobcats were relentless, winning 25-10.
"We didn't let down against Wyandotte so that's what held the game for us, I guess," senior Alexandria Jeannin said.
The Bobcats dropped their last two matches 18-25, 8-25 to Olathe South and 17-25, 23-25 to Bonner Springs.
Before the Bonner Springs match, Burchfield, Schaffer, Jeannin and Terra Nichols were honored as the team's four seniors. They received gifts and hugs from their underclassman teammates and praise from coach Lisa Phelps.
Phelps complimented Jeannin on her work ethic, her athleticism. She noted Nichols' willingness to sacrifice her body for the team and her toughness. She praised Schaffer for her versatility on the court and humor off it. And Phelps teared up when trying to describe Burchfield, perhaps the player she had relied on most during the season. Phelps singled out Burchfield's powerful hitting as a key component in the Bobcats attack.
At the end of the night Phelps said the seniors had brought a lot to her team.
"Leadership, more than anything and experience, because there's a lot of juniors that didn't play varsity last year," Phelps said.
The night was bittersweet for Burchfield as she recalled all the good times she'd spent with her teammates.
"Being at practice every day with everyone and team dinners. Lots of things we did together, nothing specific, just being together," Burchfield said.
Burchfield added that she and her teammates still had one goal to accomplish this year: to win at Sub-state and go to state.
Jeannin said she was also taking a lot of good memories away from the season.
"We have our tough times but we have a lot of fun together, like last night when we were running trick plays 27 through 31," Jeannin said. "We just goof around, maybe too much, but we have fun."
The Bobcats play at Lansing on Saturday in the sub-state playoffs. Phelps said she had one goal for her team during the postseason.
"To play volleyball like I know they can play," Phelps said. "To play to their potential instead of letting the emotions take control and getting down on themselves."