BLHS netters to be young
Basehor-Linwood High School lost seven seniors from last year's varsity volleyball team.
To replace them, 37 players competed in tryouts for eight varsity spots.
Bobcats coach Tammy Zydlo likes the team that has been assembled.
"We should have a really well-balanced team," she said. "We have a young team ... the ones playing on varsity have played very well. As long as we are passing the ball good, then things should work out very well."
One other key will be having the players work well together on the floor.
"I think any time you lose seven players, you don't have that continuity going," Zydlo said. "These eight players on varsity, they will have to work on their chemistry to be able to be successful, whereas the last two years have been the same players, they already had the chemistry."
The Bobcats have four seniors on this year's team, and three played varsity volleyball last year.
Kara Douglass is a team leader for Basehor. Amber Jeannin is expected to play well on the backline for the Bobcats. Jenna Bunting also has varsity experience.
In addition to those players, Stephanie Marshall is new to varsity this season. She was one of the most improved players in Basehor's program last season.
The team also returns Courtney Hooks as a middle hitter.
"We will look to her to make a difference in the middle," Zydlo said.
Cassy Beaver, a junior, has played well early in the season. Macyn Sanders and Tara Chumley also will play varsity volleyball this year.
The Bobcats want to be on the offensive this season.
"The thing we want to do is be very aggressive," Zydlo said. "We talk about being on attack all the time, when you play aggressive good things come your way. That is our focus this year."
Players have adopted the motto "we can, we will," with goals of each volleyball team concluding with a winning season. Then there are the obvious goals of winning sub-state and going to state, which could happen at the end of the year.
Other goals focus simply on improvement.
"We will focus on making each match where we are the aggressive team," Zydlo said. "I am very excited about this team. I have seen a lot of great things early. They have good teamwork and buy into the philosophy. The seniors have been encouraging others to be on attack."
Basehor-Linwood opens the season at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2, with a quadrangular against Eudora, Bonner Springs and Baldwin at Bonner Springs High School.
The Bobcats' first tournament is Sept. 13 at Lansing.