Tough competition challenges BLHS at De Soto Spikefest
Members of the Basehor-Linwood volleyball team showed signs of improvement at the De Soto Spikefest volleyball tournament on Saturday.
“I thought for the most part our coverage was better,” coach Tammy Zydlo said. “The girls communicated better and the blocking was better — our passing was also improved from the last tournament.”
Yet, while there can be a checklist of improvements, Basehor-Linwood finished 1-3 in the tournament and failed to make it out of a difficult pool.
The day started with a 25-10, 25-10 loss to St. James Academy, which is the No. 1 ranked Class 4A team in Kansas and No. 7 team nationally according to ESPN.
“They are a good team with a lot of experience,” Zydlo said of St. James. “We did have some kills in the game.”
In the next match, Basehor-Linwood lost to Eudora in three games. The Bobcats won the first game, 28-26. Eudora rebounded to win the next two games, 25-20, 25-10.
Missed serves hurt the Bobcats.
“You can’t have 14 missed serves against a good team,” she said. “That is the difference between a win or a loss in a match. The 14 missed serves are a killer and a momentum buster. We have to eliminate the mistakes. If we do that, it will all come together for us.”
The Eudora match is the one in the tournament that stings for the Bobcats.
“I would have liked to have the Eudora match back,” Zydlo said. “If we had won that, then we would have been in fifth place match.”
Following a difficult loss, Basehor-Linwood defeated Baldwin, 25-15, 25-15, for its only win of the day.
In the final match of the day, Tonganoxie defeated Basehor-Linwood, 25-16, 25-22.
Courtney Hooks led the team with 23 kills in the tournament. Cassie Bever had 15 kills for the day.
Zydlo said the tournament play should prepare them for the postseason.
“All of our tournaments are tough,” Zydlo said. “We are in pools with people ranked in state or 5A or 6A schools. For us to improve as a program, we have to learn to compete against those schools.”
Basehor-Linwood won a pair of matches on Oct. 9 at Maranatha Academy.
BLHS defeated Maranatha, 25-12, 25-14, and defeated Bishop Seabury, 25-14, 25-7. The team’s record this season is 13-13.
Basehor-Linwood will compete in the Kaw Valley League Tournament at 8 a.m. Saturday at Lansing. This is the first year that the KVL championship will be decided in a tournament format. In years past, teams have played head-to-head in the regular season. The format was changed this season to allow teams to play tougher competition outside of the league.쇓