Archive for Thursday, September 15, 2005

A work in progress

Basehor-Linwood volleyball team growing up before coach’s eyes

September 15, 2005

To say the Basehor-Linwood volleyball team is undergoing a youth movement would be an understatement.

The Bobcats competed in the Lansing tournament last Saturday and their inexperience showed. The Bobcats went 0-4 on the day, losing to Sabetha, Spring Hill, Lansing and Louisburg. But to the surprise of first year coach Kristen Anthony, her squad was at its best when facing the best competition.

"Actually Lansing is who we played the best and that was probably the best team there," Anthony said. "We were more focused. We had gotten beat and had a big discussion and they came out ready to go and they played well."

The Bobcats are now 1-6 for the season and have played in only two tournaments. With little varsity experience on the team, they have not benefited from their schedule thus far. Anthony said that while other teams have played a lot of games this season, her team has not played enough.

"We played and then we had 10 days off and it kicked our butts," Anthony said. "Everybody else is getting to play and we're not."

Anthony has given this year's team a facelift. She says that she teaches everything differently and her philosophy is different from what the girls are used to. After watching her team play against live competition in two tournaments now, Anthony has realized she needs to continue to focus on the fundamentals.

"I'll change my approach a little bit because they're doing things that I take for granted, that I know that they don't," Anthony said. "We may have brushed on it but moved on.

"Now we've just got to go back. At least now we can pick everything apart. I know what our weaknesses are. You don't know until you play."

Despite her team's early struggles, Anthony is optimistic about the future. She has been impressed with the play of several of her young players, most notably sophomore setter Brooke Sanders, who she says has stepped up to provide great leadership.

Anthony is quick to point out that they have been able to keep games close and have not been blown out. She says her girls have not gotten down on themselves after their early struggles.

"They've never played varsity," Anthony said. "They don't know the expectations. They don't feel the pressure. I feel the pressure more than they do. They went from freshmen to varsity."

Anthony knows the wins eventually will come. She says with so little experience, there is nowhere to go but up. She sees improvement every day, which was the case in the Lansing tournament.

"Throughout the day I saw a lot of improvements," Anthony said. "We're really young and everybody else there had seniors and juniors and we're sophomores and a couple of juniors. Throughout the day we just kept getting better. I saw good things."

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