BLHS rocks at quadrangular
After struggling to win a match Saturday in the Lansing Invitational tournament, the Basehor-Linwood High School volleyball team dominated in its return home Tuesday.
The Bobcats won three matches and didn't lose a game in the quadrangular against Maur Hill, Bishop Ward and Piper, which improved the team's record to 5-5 on the season.
"I think we kept our composure more in the matches," coach Tammy Zydlo said. "We are seeing some good things. Our communication was improved and after tonight hopefully players believe that we can do some good things and get wins throughout the year."
Moving forward, Basehor-Linwood is focused on communication and staying aggressive. When matches get tight the team needs to stay focused and not get rattled.
The Bobcats followed the script in a come-from-behind win over Bishop Ward during the second match of the night.
Basehor-Linwood trailed 24-19 in the first game when Zydlo called a timeout.
Out of the timeout, Basehor-Linwood received a kill from Cassie Bever. After the kill, she walked to the service line and recorded an ace.
Bishop Ward hit the ball into the net on the next two points of play. The Bobcats tied the game with a block and the two teams traded points to leave the score 25-25.
BLHS hitter Courtney Hooks stepped to the line and recorded back-to-back aces in leading Basehor-Linwood to a 27-25 win.
In the second game, Bishop Ward led 6-2 early before Basehor-Linwood rallied with three consecutive kills by Bever.
Shannon McCarty rallied the Cyclones with consecutive kills.
The two teams traded points, kills and runs during the early portion of the game. Late in the game, Basehor-Linwood led 24-21. Bishop Ward recorded four consecutive points to take a 25-24 lead in the match.
Basehor-Linwood rallied with a kill by Jenna Bunting. She then went to the service line and recorded an ace. Hooks finished off the game and match with a kill.
In the final match of the night, Basehor-Linwood sophomore Macyn Sanders served her team to an 8-0 lead in the first game against Piper.
The Pirates struggled to record a side out and get possession of the ball. The Pirates rallied with five consecutive points before Kara Douglas recorded a kill to give possession back to Basehor.
That was as close as the game would get as Douglas served seven consecutive points for the Bobcats. She recorded two aces in the scoring run and Basehor went on to win 25-11.
In the second game, Basehor-Linwood led 18-16 when a timeout was called.
Out of the timeout, Piper tied the game with three consecutive points. The score was 19-18 when Jenna Bunting went to the line and served three consecutive points, which included two kills by Hooks.
The scoring run led Basehor-Linwood to a 25-22 win.
"Everything flowed in the match. Our hitting, passing and defense flowed well," Zydlo said. "We had all pieces of the puzzle working together."
Basehor-Linwood also defeated Maur Hill in the first match of the night, 25-17, 25-16.
Zydlo said the performance was indicative of how her team can play, and hopefully will give the Bobcats confidence moving forward.
BOBCATS FALL AT LANSING
Basehor-Linwood played the majority of Saturday's tournament without the services of Cassie Bever and Courtney Hooks,who were taking a college entrance exam.
Without them, the Bobcats struggled to get into an offensive flow during the tournament and failed to win a game.
Basehor-Linwood lost the first match to Shawnee Mission West, 25-17, 25-7. In the second match, Louisburg defeated Basehor-Linwood, 25-11, 25-21. Shawnee Mission North defeated Basehor in two games, 25-15, 25-21. Sabetha defeated Basehor-Linwood 25-20, 25-16.
Basehor-Linwood plays at 5 p.m. today at Atchison with matches against Atchison and McLouth.