Bobcats lose tough three-game match against defending state champions
Basehor compiles 2-1 record after close loss to Eudora Cardinals
Basehor-Linwood volleyball coach Tammy Zydlo is pleased with her team's start to the season and how they played the state's best on Tuesday.
Basehor lost to Eudora in three games, but each match was close and was decided late. The Cardinals won the first match, 25-22, and then lost the second 24-26. Eudora won the third match, 25-23.
While the match will be marked down in the win/loss column as a loss for Basehor, the team still gained confidence from it.
"The game against Eudora gave us a boost," Zydlo said. "Definitely, playing the defending state champions that close makes the girls believe that this could be an awesome season."
The match against Eudora was Basehor's second of the night. Basehor defeated Baldwin in three games to begin the night. Basehor won the first game 25-12 and dominated it from start to finish.
Baldwin rebounded to win the next match, 25-20. In the final game of the match, Basehor won 25-21.
Throughout the evening, Basehor middle hitter Cassie Lombardino made big plays. She was a difficult player for opponents to stop and try to contain. She finished the night with 30 kills in three matches, which led the Bobcats.
"She is a good front-row force for us," Lombardino said.
In addition, Chelsea Patton had 14 kills on the night. Ashley Jeannin and Jennifer Sirridge also played well for the Bobcats.
Michelle Chrisman also played consistent volleyball during the match, Zydlo said.
While she is pleased with the team's performance, Zydlo said the team has to eliminate missed serves in future games.
The Bobcats finished the night by defeating Bonner Springs 25-10, 25-9.
With the loss, Bonner Springs finished the night without picking up a victory.
Bonner Springs lost to Baldwin, 21-25, 25-12, 26-28. Bonner led early in the match, but Baldwin went on an 8-2 run to win the match.
The final point came when Baldwin's Olivia Catloth recorded an ace to win the match.
Bonner Springs volleyball coach Jo Wiseman said she is pleased with her team's play against the Bulldogs.
"We took Baldwin to three games and that is the first time we have done that since I have been here," she said.
Bonner also lost to Eudora 25-6, 25-16 in two games.
In the final match of the night, Basehor-Linwood defeated Bonner, 25-10, 25-9.
Bonner struggled to shut down Basehor's offense during the match.