BLHS swept at tourney
Basehor-Linwood High School's young volleyball team faced a stern test Saturday in the Tonganoxie Tournament.
It turned out to be one the Lady Bobcats weren't ready for yet. Placed in the six-team white pool, BLHS faced a slew of 4A and 5A schools like Eudora and Olathe East. The Lady 'Cats were swept in all five matches and didn't advance out of pool play.
With no seniors on the roster, and less players than the other schools, it wasn't a totally unexpected result.
"We were definitely the underdog the entire day," BLHS coach Kristen Anthony said. "We were playing teams a lot bigger to start with, plus their girls all have played about two or three years more than ours."
The Lady 'Cats lost to powerful Eudora 25-8, 25-11, and lost their first game against Great Bend 25-8 before putting up one of their strongest efforts in the second game, losing 25-18.
Basehor was overmatched against Gardner-Edgerton, dropping 25-9, 25-8. Their most evenly matched contest Saturday was against Bishop Ward. Basehor lost 25-12 in the first game, but nearly forced a tiebreaker, losing 25-21 in the second game. The Lady 'Cats had to win their last pool play match of the day to have a chance at advancing, but faced Olathe East. Again the Bobcats seemed overmatched, but battled to a respectable 25-15 loss in the first game before dropping the second game 25-10.
Physically, the Lady 'Cats were able to match up with most teams on Saturday, as there were only four players listed at 6-foot or taller in the entire tournament. Two of those players, junior Brianna Beebe and sophomore Cassie Lombardino, were wearing Basehor-Linwood green, but that wasn't enough to translate into victories.
"I don't think height was an issue," Anthony said. "We were just playing teams with more experienced players who've played together longer. It's all the things we keep talking about but there's just nothing we can do this year about them."
Anthony said that despite the tough results in the tournament her players remained positive and weren't taking the losses too hard.
"They're OK with it, which is good and bad," Anthony said. "Being laid-back is good, because it is a rebuilding year, but I do wish the drive was there a little more. It's not something you can coach or teach."
BLHS will play Piper and Santa Fe Trail next at home Tuesday, Oct. 4.