Basehor-Linwood volleyball team loses in sub state
Basehor-Linwood's best volleyball season in the last 10 years ended quickly Saturday in sub state play at Tonganoxie.
The Bobcats lost in the first round to the host Chieftains, 25-18, 25-10.
Tonganoxie went on to win the tourney and will advance to the Class 4A State Tournament in Salina on Friday.
Basehor-Linwood coach Tammy Zydlo said the Bobcats were well prepared for the match, but came out flat.
"I think everyone was disappointed in how we played," Zydlo said. "We got down and we could never get our game going. I feel bad for the team and the seven seniors. That was their last game and they will remember it forever.
"Tonganoxie was very motivated to win the tournament--even when they had us down they kept hitting the ball hard and making the plays that they needed to win."
Tonganoxie's motivation came in part from the home-court advantage. A large fan presence, aided by a large student turnout, helped the Chieftains.
"It always helps to have your home crowd there," Zydlo said. "They had a lot of support from their student body. That helps keep the team up."
Zydlo said she also was surprised by BLHS's seed in the tournament.
Last year, after finishing 17-18, the Bob cats were seeded third. This year, entering the tournament with a record of 21-14 and expecting a two or three seed, the team was ranked fifth. That set up a matchup against fourth seeded Tonganoxie, who had played a tough season schedule.
The seeds are entirely determined based on record. Despite this, Zydlo said the team won't try to schedule easy opponents in the future.
"I don't think that benefits the program as a whole in the long run," Zydlo said. "It doesn't benefit the program to play a bunch of cream puffs. When you get to sub state, you won't have the experience of playing the quality teams and you won't advance anyway."
The Bobcats struggled to get into their offense against Tonganoxie. Zydlo said the team's serve receive was the primary culprit. Chelsey Patton had only one kill, and Cassie Lombardino had only five.
After the match, there were tears in the locker room.
"There was frustration from the players--disappointment in how the season ended," Zydlo said. "I think they took it hard, especially the seniors. I didn't say a whole lot about the game, because there wasn't much to say. I think everyone including myself was stunned. We had expected to play better."
The Bobcats finished the 2007 campaign 21-15.
"That is a very good record," Zydlo said. "I basically had the same girls as I had last year, and we improved significantly--they can be proud of that."