Basehor-Linwood volleyball sweeps Perry-Lecompton, Turner
After a tough start to the season, the Basehor-Linwood volleyball team has strung together a midseason winning streak.
With Tuesday’s victories, the Bobcats have won four consecutive matches and are 11-11 on the season.
“We won both matches; life is good,” coach Tammy Zydlo said.
BLHS defeated Perry-Lecompton in the first match, 25-19, 25-19. Perry-Lecompton played a scrappy style of volleyball that posed problems for the Bobcats.
Cara McCarty led the team with seven kills, and Courtney Hooks finished with six kills. The Bobcats recorded five aces in the match and missed just two serves.
BLHS played Turner in the second match of the night. Turner led in both games of the match, but Basehor rallied for the victory.
Turner led 6-0 in the first game, and Basehor began to chip away before eventually winning the game, 28-26. Turner led by seven points in the next game before Basehor-Linwood rallied for the victory.
“We were down by six or seven points in both games and kept coming back,” Zydlo said. “We just kept forcing errors. We kept pushing forward. We are kind of like the comeback kids.”
Zydlo said she appreciates the way her players handle adversity when trailing in a match.
“I like that my team takes it one play, one point at a time and just goes about their business,” Zydlo said. “I hate to see us down, but you see some teams get down by six or seven points in a game, and they throw in the towel. I can’t say that about my team.”
Tara Chumley and Hooks had six kills each in the match. Cassie Bever recorded five kills and McCarty recorded three aces for the Bobcats.
BLHS changed its style of play during the match against Turner. Instead of hitting the ball to the middle of the defense, players hit the ball down the lines. They also passed the ball better, which helped the offense to flow.
“That made a huge difference for us,” Zydlo said. “We did better in transition for these games; we were ready to hit the ball. When we took a free ball, it resulted in a kill. That is what is really important.”
Basehor-Linwood returns to the floor on Tuesday when it plays host to Tonganoxie on Senior Night.
“We get a break, which is nice, before Senior Night next Tuesday,” Zydlo said. “We will work on being creative with our hitting and serving. Otherwise, we are doing some really good things.”