BLHS volleyball returns experience
Volleyballs bounce on the floor after being spiked by Basehor-Linwood players.
Skills are displayed during individual drills and in team exercises.
Conditioning drills take place and throughout the practices, coach Tammy Zydlo and her staff of assistants take mental and written notes of practice.
Volleyball season has returned to Basehor-Linwood High School.
This is tryout week. The team conducted tryouts Monday through Wednesday and rosters were announced today.
While Basehor-Linwood coaches are using this week to select their varsity, junior varsity and freshman teams, Zydlo saw familiar faces.
For starters, she likes the core group of players the team returns.
Courtney Hooks, Macyn Sanders, Tara Chumley, Taylor Johnson and Cassie Bever return from last year’s team and provide Zydlo a nucleus to build around.
Hooks was a first-team All-Kaw Valley League selection last season.
“With that experience we are going to be very strong this year,” Zydlo said. “I am hoping everyone stays healthy.”
Injuries are another reason for the familiarity.
Last season the Bobcats suffered numerous injuries to varsity players, which meant inexperienced players took the floor. At times, the Bobcats’ varsity roster was filled with underclassmen and provided more players with a chance to play on varsity.
Zydlo managed the number of participation points that each player was allowed to make sure players gained experience at different levels.
As a byproduct of the injuries, Zydlo has decided to carry more players on varsity this season.
“I plan to carry a larger number on varsity this season, just to bring competition to another level,” she said. “It gives us a choice of different subs going in. I think that I would like to have a deeper bench.”
She also is stressing the importance of keeping a positive attitude. Players willing to show up to work hard and stay positive will play more than those that do not.
“(There is) a lot of focus on positive attitudes; it is possible a less skilled player will be getting more playing time than a more skilled player based on attitude,” she said.
The team is looking to build on what it accomplished during the summer. Zydlo was able to work with players in groups as a result of changes to the Kansas State High School Activities Association rules and regulations, so the Bobcats should be a step ahead from day one.
“The change in that KSHSAA rule was a great experience,” she said. “I really didn’t think in my lifetime they would allow that. I am glad they did. It gives us time to work on chemistry. It was just nice to be able to tweak some things. Hopefully the adjustments carry over.”
Basehor-Linwood opens the season Sept. 1 at Eudora. The Bobcats will play in a triangular against Baldwin, Eudora and Bonner Springs.
“It is good to open with these teams; all three are competitive and it is a great way to start the year,” she said.