Injuries took toll on Basehor volleyball season
The Basehor-Linwood volleyball team finished its season with a 17-18 record.
The Bobcats’ season was filled with strong performances during weekday match play and weekend tournament struggles.
BLHS players were a little out of sync this season during tournament play because they never had a set lineup due to either injuries or players missing time with other commitments such as ACT exams.
As a result, sometimes it took the Bobcats a while to get into a flow during the pool play portion of tournaments.
“I wish that we had fared better in tournaments,” coach Tammy Zydlo said. “I felt like we had momentum from our play in the mid-week (matches), but then we would go to the tournaments and we would be in a tough pool or have injuries. We had a different starting lineup every tournament and we could not get into a flow.”
Basehor-Linwood placed ninth in the Kaw Valley League Tournament and then lost in the first round of the Class 4A sub-state tournament to Bishop Ward. Bishop Ward went on to win the sub-state tournament and advance to state.
One of the team’s highlights this season was the victory over Bishop Ward earlier in the year. In the match, BLHS lost the first game, but rebounded to win the next two games and take the match.
As a byproduct of having makeshift lineups, Basehor-Linwood was able to get a lot of younger players experience. Several junior-varsity players saw varsity time this season, which could pay dividends for the Bobcats next season. The players that saw varsity time were Courtney Poe, Sydney Eriksen, Cheyann Taylor and Shelby Equels.
Along with Cassie Bever and Courtney Hooks, this group of players should give the Bobcats a strong nucleus next season.
Statistically, Courtney Hooks led the team with 167 kills. Bever was second with 123 kills. Hooks had 47 aces and Bever had 36 aces. Hooks recorded 40 blocks and Tara Chumley recorded 35 this season.
Zydlo said she hopes the players will participate in club volleyball and on premier teams this season.
“After the high school season ends, I really focus on what the little kids are doing,” she said.
The players were statistical leaders during the season for the Bobcats.
“I am looking for better blocking and fewer missed serves,” Zydlo said of the steps her team can take to improve next year. “We are looking to the future and we have a lot of reasons to be excited. A lot of junior varsity players were getting varsity playing experience this season.”
One area that the Bobcats are looking to improve upon for next season is the area of missed serves.
Basehor-Linwood was plagued by missed serves throughout the year.
Zydlo said she hopes the team can improve in these areas for next season.