Lady ‘Cats one of the top teams at Holton
Basehor-Linwood volleyball team hoping for deep run at sub-state
The Basehor-Linwood High School volleyball team will enter this Saturday's sub-state tournament in Holton on a roll, coming off a 3-0 quad at Wyandotte. The Lady Bobcats finished the regular season 16-17, doubling their victory total from last year.
Last year the season ended on a positive note, as the seventh-seeded Bobcats upset second-seeded Sumner Academy at sub-state before losing a close match to Tonganoxie. This year the Lady 'Cats will be the favorites in their first round match. They earned the third seed at Holton and will face sixth-seeded Hiawatha (8-19).
If the Lady Bobcats take care of business against Hiawatha, Tonganoxie will likely be waiting again in the second round. The Lady Chieftains have the second seed and sport a 23-6 record. They've won every meeting with BLHS this year.
Tonganoxie will likely be the top opponent that Basehor-Linwood could face Saturday. Holton got the No. 1 seed by also going 23-6 and will have the home court. But the Wildcats didn't have as tough a schedule as the Chieftains.
Although the Bobcats have only one senior on the roster, they'll still be one of the most experienced squads at sub-state.
All of the starters from last season are back, with a deep junior class forming the bulk of the squad.
The juniors include strong hitters Cassie Lombardino, Chelsey Patton and Michelle Chrisman, as well as serving ace Jennifer Sirridge, defensive standout Ashley Jeannin and top setter Brooke Sanders.
The squad also has a calm, consistent leader in senior Lindsey Kraemer and two versatile sophomore role players in Kara Douglas and Elyse Douglas.
Hiawatha and Holton compete in the Big Seven league, which actually has eight schools. It also includes Effingham, Jefferson County West, Maur Hill, Nemaha Valley, Royal Valley and Sabetha. The league is a mix of class 3A and 4A schools and is not generally considered as tough as the Kaw Valley League, which is all 4A except for Immaculata (2A) and Bonner Springs, Lansing and Mill Valley (5A).
Jeff West and Royal Valley are other Big Seven schools that are also in BLHS's sub-state. Tonganoxie and Perry-Lecompton will be the only other schools from the KVL at Holton. Holton is located about 85 miles from Basehor, 50 miles west on I-70 and then about 30 miles north on US-75.