Lady ‘Cats cruise past Bravettes for Senior Night victory
Members of the Basehor-Linwood volleyball team celebrated Senior Night with a three-game sweep over Bonner Springs on Tuesday.
Before the game, coach Tammy Zydlo honored seniors Amber Jeannin, Jenna Bunting, Stephanie Marshall and Kara Douglas for their commitment to the program.
Zydlo read letters that she had written to each of them. Teammates also read letters to the players and told them what they meant to them. They wished them well in college.
"It was really sweet," Jeannin said. "You could tell that she really cared about us."
The seniors deserved recognition, Zydlo said.
"I feel like our seniors need to hear how much we appreciate them, after coaching them for three years you get endeared to them and it was nice to have a night to honor them," Zydlo said.
Following the ceremony, the seniors took to the court and fed off the momentum in the first game, winning 25-14.
With the score 23-14, Cassie Bever recorded two kills to clinch the win.
The Bobcats led 5-1 early in the game on the serving of Kara Douglas.
Bonner Springs rallied with back-to-back kills by Chelsea Crawford and it was a 5-4 game.
Later, the score was 7-6 when senior Jenna Bunting went to the serve line for the Bobcats. She led the team to eight consecutive points, giving Basehor a 14-6 lead. Bever recorded four kills during the stretch of play as Bonner Springs struggled to stop her.
In the second game, Bonner Springs led 19-17, but Basehor-Linwood tied the match when BSHS made a pair of errors.
Later, Bonner Springs led 23-21 when Bever recorded consecutive kills to tie the match and force a timeout.
Tara Chumley recorded an ace for the Bobcats to give the team a one-point lead. Chumley's next serve went into the net, allowing Bonner to tie the game. Crawford recorded an ace to give her team a 25-24 lead the match.
Basehor-Linwood answered with a soft kill by Bunting. On the play, she dropped the ball in between Bonner Springs' defenders. The Bobcats scored two more points to win the match, culminating with a kill by Courtney Hooks.
"We had some nervous moments in the match and were inconsistent because we were not sticking to the plan and playing as aggressive as we needed to," Zydlo said. "I didn't see them panicking, they were still hitting and on the attack when the game was on the line."
In the final game of the night, Basehor-Linwood's Macyn Sanders served the team to a 6-0 lead when Bonner Springs called timeout. Out of the timeout, Sanders served four consecutive points, which included a string of three straight aces.
Bonner Springs stopped the scoring run at 10 with a kill by Jessie Kelly.
Following the point, Basehor-Linwood outscored Bonner Springs 8-1 to take an 18-2 lead in the match. Basehor-Linwood went on to win the match 25-7.
"It took us a little while to get going, but it was nice to get a win." Jeannin said.
Bonner Springs coach Kerri Jennings said her team struggled after the second game.
"We were down a little bit, our girls thought we had that game and sometimes it can be difficult to come back after a close game like that," she said. "I thought we played well in the second game. Our serve/receive just left us in the third game. We dug a big hole and couldn't get out of it."
Basehor-Linwood will compete on Saturday in the Tonganoxie Invitational.
"It is a tough tournament with great competition, but we will have all of our players and I expect us to be in the bracket portion of tournament play," Zydlo said.
Bonner Springs will play on Saturday at the Louisburg Tournament.