Lady Bobcats left looking for answers
Not yet a week after one of the team's best victories of the season, and the Basehor-Linwood High School volleyball team is mired in a slump that has reached seven matches after two two-and-out matches at the Immaculata Triangular.
"Tonight it was just a matter of it (Immaculata High School) being a hard place to play," said head coach Lisa Phelps of her team's 12-25, 9-25 loss to the Raiders. "They have a lot of support there, and the girls just let it get to them. The girls didn't mentally show up to play. We basically beat ourselves."
The loss to IMAC was even harder to take for the Bobcat netters because it came on the heels of a 14-25, 11-25 loss to Tonganoxie, a team that had swept the 'Cats in two matches just three days earlier at the Tonganoxie Invitational.
"A volleyball team is a team of six players, and we've got some girls who just aren't showing up to play right now," a frustrated Phelps said Tuesday. "I have some players who I expect to show some leadership and hold up this team, and they're just not doing it right now."
Part of the problem for the Bobcats may lie in a break in practice/play rhythm caused by the scourge of home field coaches throughout history -- Homecoming Week activities.
"We made such huge strides last Tuesday," said Phelps, referring to her team's three-game victory over Bishop Ward -- it's first tie-breaker victory of the season. "And then came half a day of school on Thursday and no school on Friday. I think it put us into a major slump. At the tournament on Saturday I had girls who couldn't talk about anything except what they were going to wear or who they were going with to the dance."
Still, Phelps did find some positives in her team's recent play.
"Tonight (Tuesday) our seniors who came off the bench did really well. They passed the ball when it needed to be passed. They came in and did the job when it had to be done."
Phelps also had kind words for the play of sophomore Breanna Beebe
"She's playing with not a lot of experience and she's held her ground," Phelps said. "She's one player who's taken care of her job."
This week at practice, Phelps plans to challenge her players, especially the seniors.
"We're going to get intense at practice," Phelps said. "We're going to turn up the volume. They've told me they're tired of losing and I told them tonight that the only people who will pull themselves out of it is them, and it starts with getting mentally tough. Our seniors have got to step it up and take control. I've got girls who are looking at scholarships and they need to realize that."
The Bobcats will next face KC Piper and Santa Fe Trail High School at the Santa Fe Trail Triangular, Tuesday, Oct. 5 starting at 5:30 p.m.