Hooks catches eyes of Kaw Valley League volleyball coaches
Basehor-Linwood High School volleyball player Courtney Hooks was the player who stood out on the court this season.
The Bobcats’ offense was run through her as she went up for kills. Opposing defenses devised game plans to stop her during matches.
Hooks was the “flashy” player who coaches noticed and remembered this season. In addition, she was a statistical leader for the Bobcats, leading the team with 179 kills in 279 attempts. Hooks also was a consistent player for the team, playing the season with just 41 errors.
Hooks was a first-team selection to the All-Kaw Valley League volleyball team for those statistics and her performances on the court this season.
“She was a real offensive threat on the team,” BLHS coach Tammy Zydlo said. “Other players were offensive threats, but she is a very visual player and very strong.”
Zydlo said Hooks is well-deserving of the honor, even though she played in a league with talented volleyball players. Two league teams — Lansing and Bishop Ward — went to state.
“A lot of really good players are in the Kaw Valley League; it is even that much more of an honor to be in the top 14,” Zydlo said. “That is just a really awesome thing to receive that award.”
The top 14 vote-getters were named to the All-League team. In addition, players who received three votes received honorable mention honors.
Zydlo said the team will have more players in future seasons as it wins more matches.
“Absolutely, we will be there one of these days, when we can get all the nominations that I make in the All-League meeting,” Zydlo said. “I think a lot of coaches look at how you finish in the league.”
In addition to the announcement of the All-League team, Basehor-Linwood also played host to its postseason banquet and voted for team awards.
Kara Douglass was named the team’s Most Valuable Player, although she missed time this season with a leg injury. In her absence the Bobcats were forced to juggle the lineup.
Hooks, a junior, was named the best offensive player during the season.
Amber Jeannin, a senior, received the best defensive player award. Jeannin mainly played the libero position. Sydne Eriksen, a freshman, earned the rookie of the year award. Senior Stephanie Marshall received the Lady ’Cat Spirit award.