JV, freshman Bobcats pile up volleyball wins
While Basehor-Linwood has been struggling in varsity tournaments this season, the junior varsity and freshman teams have experienced success.
The teams have won tournaments and are finishing the season with winning records.
Basehor-Linwood’s junior varsity volleyball team won the Osawatomie Invitational on Saturday.
The team also placed third in the Kaw Valley League Tournament a few weeks ago.
Placing in the tournaments is a goal for the team, which has a 29-3 record this season with one more match scheduled for Tuesday.
“My girls work very well as a team; they get along really well which makes a huge difference,” coach Amy Irvin said. “They feed off each other, which I think is a big thing. They know their individual roles on the team and that makes for a good season.”
Shelby Equals is the team’s setter and responsible for setting up the offense. Taylor Johnson is a top server for the team. Cheyenne Taylor and Kara McCarty are the team’s top middle hitters. Courtney Poe is another top player for the Bobcats.
The Basehor-Linwood freshman volleyball team has performed well in matches against top schools this season.
The Bobcats defeated a slew of Class 5A and 6A schools such as Lansing, Mill Valley, Lee’s Summit West and Shawnee Mission East.
“We definitely showed that we could hold our own with more established programs,” coach Becky Matthews said.
The Bobcats won with a solid nucleus of players. Maggie Hattock, a setter, was one of the team’s most consistent and all-around players. Danae Leppke was a solid server and back row player. Olivia Cowan was a solid defensive player. Kelsey Fenton and Raime Harvey were both powerful hitters in the front row.
Basehor-Linwood won the Kaw Valley League Tournament on Sept. 20. In pool play BLHS defeated Santa Fe Trail, Turner and Perry, while splitting the match with Lansing.
“Luckily, we beat Lansing in points so we were seeded first out of our pool,” Matthews said.
Basehor defeated Mill Valley in the semifinals and Lansing again in the finals. Each of the matches went three games.
BLHS won a lot of matches this season by playing as a team as chemistry played a pivotal role in the team’s success.
“This is the first year where I’ve felt like everyone truly got along and we didn’t have to deal with any bickering or attitudes between teammates,” Matthews said. “That helped out the team a lot because everyone was there to pick everyone else up when they were struggling or got down.”
The players all are part of a nucleus that should lead the Bobcats in future seasons.
“I think that we had a lot of success this season, and hopefully this helps these girls to start off their high school volleyball careers on a positive note,” Matthews said. “They now know what it feels like to be winners, and they have a taste of the work ethic and intensity that good volleyball teams possess. Hopefully they’ll continue to play in the offseason and develop their skills so that they’ve improved by the time they start next season. Although our record (23-11-4) doesn’t necessarily reflect all the hard work we put in this season, there were a lot of successes and we had a lot of fun together.”