Basehor-Linwood places fifth in Lansing tournament
Coach pleased with play after early-tournament losses
The Lansing Tournament started inauspiciously for the Basehor-Linwood Bobcats on Saturday.
But after losing their first two matches, Basehor-Linwood bounced back by winning four straight games, and finished fifth place in the 10-team tournament.
Last year, the Bobcats finished eighth in the same tournament.
Coach Tammy Zydlo said she was happy with the strong finish, but lamentedteam's missed opportunity against Shawnee Mission North, when the team went up with a 25-22 decision in the first game only to drop the next two 19-25 and 24-26. A win in the match would have meant an entry into the winner's bracket and a top-four finish.
"That first match of the day was definitely a missed opportunity," Zydlo said. "It would have been nice to compete for a top-four placement, but the girls bounced back. I was happy about that."
Zydlo was also happy with the quantifiable improvement over last year's eighth- place finish.
"It's great to see improvement," she said. "I always like to be positive about how we finish in the tournament. But once again, it is our missed serves that are haunting us."
Serving remains the one missing element on a talented, senior-laden team, Zydlo said.
"I don't think we were serving tough all day," she said. "We got away from the zone serving. I thought there was a lack of focus on serving. Everything else is in place. We are hitting the ball well and blocking the ball well. For the entire weekend our serve receive were very good. But our serves weren't very good and we aren't making it up with aces."
After the team's early loss to Shawnee Mission North, Basehor lost to eventual tournament champion Lansing. After entering the consolation bracket, the Bobcats defeated Louisburg and Sabetha. Basehor ended the day by beating Spring Hill and Sabetha again for the fifth place finish.
Cassie Lombardino and Chelsey Patton combined for 68 kills in the tournament.
"After we lost the first two, I think the attitude was that we had two more matches so all wasn't lost," Zydlo said. "I think we felt confident that we could go to the consolation bracket and win it. The girls regrouped for the third and fourth games. I think there is a huge difference in our mental and physical strength this year. "
The team's play in the tournament was good, Zydlo said.
"Brooke Sanders did a great job of getting to the ball and setting up the players," she said. "There was some good hustle on the team. We found a way to get to some balls that we hadn't in the past. My defensive specialist got to some balls that we haven't got to before. They were instrumental in getting balls up by diving on the floor. There was great effort from many of the players. Michelle Chrisman passed well."
Zydlo, who sprained her ankle last week, said she is bouncing back well. She plans to continue her practice of scrimmaging against her players this week, barring setback.
The Bobcats are now 6-3.