Bobcats sixth at Spikefest
Basehor-Linwood volleyball players recorded 24 aces in the De Soto Spikefest Invitational on Saturday.
Serving was a highlight for the team in a tournament where the Bobcats finished sixth with a 1-4 record.
“We played good for a match and a half,” coach Tammy Zydlo said. “There were moments when we played good, but then the lulls occurred. We kept getting to a point where we were digging ourselves deep holes in matches and then had to come back. It is mentally draining and physically draining to be down six to eight points and have to come back and win a game. When you dig deep holes and have to play that many matches in a day, you can’t do it.”
Basehor-Linwood started the tournament with a two-game victory over De Soto 25-10, 25-16.
Following the win, BLHS lost its next four matches.
Tonganoxie defeated Basehor-Linwood in the next match. Basehor-Linwood won the first game 25-20. Tonganoxie responded by winning the next two games, 25-17, 25-16. Courtney Hooks led the team with nine kills in match.
“That was a tough loss. Having beat them on Tuesday, we were riding high. If we had won against them on Saturday, the day would have changed,” Zydlo said. “We had a hard time rebounding from that.”
Basehor-Linwood lost to Baldwin in its next match. The Bobcats trailed in the first game, but rallied to win it, 25-22. Baldwin won the next game, 25-23, and dominated the third game for a 25-13 victory.
“We just didn’t bounce back from the loss,” Zydlo said. “I told our players during the match, ‘I know you are disappointed with losing to Tonganoxie. I am too, but it is beyond what we can control.’”
Passing hurt Basehor-Linwood in the match, and the team recorded fewer kills than in other games. Cheyann Taylor led the team with five kills and Cassy Bever recorded four in the match. Various factors contributed to the limited number of kills. Basehor-Linwood didn’t pass the ball as well as it would have liked, and perhaps didn’t set the ball well enough for outside hitters.
Basehor-Linwood also lost to Central Heights in two games, 25-16, 25-21.
Following pool play, Basehor-Linwood lost to Jefferson County West in the fifth-place match, 21-25, 25-20, 25-21.
Tara Chumley led the team with nine kills and Bever recorded eight kills against Jeff West.
“We just didn’t have energy in the match,” Zydlo said.
Basehor-Linwood plays at Ottawa tonight. The team plays in the Kaw Valley League Tournament on Saturday at Perry-Lecompton High School.