Bobcats fifth, Bravettes sixth at Louisburg Invitational
The Basehor-Linwood and Bonner Springs volleyball teams started slow but finished strong on Saturday at the Louisburg Invitational.
Ultimately, their shaky starts sent them on a collision course to ultimately face each other in the final match of the day.
Both squads went 0-3 in pool play.
In the first match of pool play against Fort Scott, Basehor-Linwood won game one, 25-20. The Tigers won the next two games, 25-18 and 25-23. The Bobcats missed six serves in the match and recorded just one ace.
Courtney Hooks led the team with 10 kills, and Cassie Bever was second with six kills.
In the next match, Basehor lost to Louisburg, 25-20, 25-15.
Anderson County defeated Basehor-Linwood in the final match, 2-1, with scores of 25-16, 22-25, 25-23.
The Bobcats trailed by six or seven points in the third game, before rallying to make it a close game. Anderson County finished second overall.
“Anderson County is a good team and made a lot of great plays,” BLHS coach Tammy Zydlo said. “They kept the ball alive.”
Bever led the team with 14 kills in the match and Hooks had 13. The team missed six serves in the match and recorded five aces.
Meanwhile, Bonner Springs had trouble of its own in pool play.
The Bravettes opened with a tough Class 6A opponent in Olathe South, and the Falcons won, 25-7, 25-11.
An inconsistent performance in their second match of the day may have cost the Bravettes a victory. They lost a hard-fought game one against Prairie View, 28-26, but then collapsed in game two and lost, 25-14.
From there, BSHS closed out pool play with Kaw Valley League foe Santa Fe Trail, and this time the Bravettes won a game despite losing the match. Trail rolled to a 25-11 victory in game one, but BSHS battled back and claimed game two, 25-22. Inconsistent play again plagued BSHS in game three as it lost, 25-11.
Both teams heated up in bracket play.
Basehor pounded Prairie View in the consolation semifinals, 25-11, 25-14, behind seven kills from Hooks.
Bonner Springs played its most complete match during its victory against Ft. Scott in consolation semifinals, winning 25-18, 26-24.
That set up BSHS and BLHS to play in the fifth-place match.
Basehor dominated game one and then held off Bonner Springs in game two for the victory, 25-11, 25-21. Hooks had a team-high eight kills in the match.
For the tournament, Basehor-Linwood missed 24 serves. The Bobcats recorded 116 kills out of 321 attempts.
Basehor improved to 9-11 with the victory, while Bonner Springs fell to 2-17.
First-year BSHS coach Heather Campbell said she continued to see signs of improvement from her team, but she would like to see them show up in the wins column.
“I continue to think positive, even though the record book is not (showing) what I would have hoped this point in the season,” Campbell said.