Basehor takes 9th at Tonganoxie Invitational
Tammy Zydlo walked into Basehor-Linwood High School on Saturday and sensed something was up.
Her players weren’t as talkative.
Zydlo is typically bubbly in the morning and said hello to a lot of players. They munched on their breakfasts and didn’t say much.
Some glanced at Kara Douglas knowingly.
A few minutes later Douglas walked up to Zydlo and told her she couldn’t play.
She had been hampered with a back problem and now had a leg injury that would force her to miss the tournament.
“She can’t jump, she can’t run,” Zydlo said. “It kind of threw us off. She is the glue of the team, and the player on our team with the most varsity playing experience. I am not sure we felt as confident without her on the court.”
Freshman Sydney Eriksen took her spot in the lineup.
“She was put into a big position,” Zydlo said. “Her goal was to sub, but she ended up having to start and she held her own.”
Basehor-Linwood lost its three matches at the Tonganoxie Invitational Tournament. Shawnee Mission Northwest defeated Basehor-Linwood in two games in the opening match, 25-16, 25-14.
Gardner-Edgerton defeated Basehor-Linwood in the next match, 25-22, 25-23.
The Bobcats were in the games, but couldn’t score points at critical times.
In the final match of pool play, Manhattan defeated BLHS, 25-11, 25-17.
With the loss, Basehor-Linwood dropped into the bottom six portion of the tournament.
In the first match, BLHS picked up its first win of the tournament with a 25-20, 15-25, 25-21 victory over Piper.
Eudora defeated the Bobcats in the next match, 25-13, 24-26, 25-16.
After the match, Cassie Bever, who made plays throughout the tournament, told her teammates not to worry about what place they were playing for and focus on winning the final match.
The Bobcats responded by defeating Perry-Lecompton, 23-25, 25-16, 25-13, and finished in ninth place out of 12 teams.
“We never had consistent play; we had good moments, but never had any consistency,” Zydlo said. “We just made a lot of mistakes. We just really did not play motivated. You have to play with some kind of fire. When you are in a pool with two 6A schools you have to play with belief that you can beat those teams.”
Bever was Basehor-Linwood’s most consistent player during the tournament, Zydlo said, though statistics were not available. Courtney Hooks and Amber Jeannin also performed well in the tournament, Zydlo said.
“Amber Jeannin continues to be a workhorse in the back row. She had to be exhausted after the games because (she) is always in the back row,” Zydlo said. “She had a solid day with getting to some balls. She played motivated.”
In addition to the tournament matches, Tonganoxie High officials honored former Gardner-Edgerton volleyball and boys basketball coach Don Beachard during the tournament. Bechard ranks 20th on the all-time victories chart in Kansas high school volleyball. He died of cancer in September.
Basehor-Linwood’s next volleyball action is Oct. 7 at Tonganoxie.