Archive for Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Bobcats pleased with strong showing in first outing

September 2, 2009

It was a darn-near perfect start to the season for the Basehor-Linwood volleyball team Tuesday night.

Near, but not quite.

The Bobcats cruised past Bonner Springs and Baldwin and nearly took down host school Eudora at the EHS gymnasium, finishing the season-opening quadrangular with a 2-1 record.

Coach Tammy Zydlo said the night could have been that much better if they would have kept their focus in order to defeat Eudora as well. Overall, the Bobcats’ coach was pleased with the early performance.

“I wanted to be 3-0 after tonight, but I still saw some really good things that happened tonight,” Zydlo said. “We had some really good hustle, especially in the game against Baldwin. I was very pleased with our effort (in that match). We were focused and intense in that (match) and had some really good passing.”

The Eudora loss may help Basehor later in the season, Zydlo said.

“We had a letdown, maybe some opening-night jitters,” she said. “We weren’t as aggressive as I wanted us to be. I want us to be on attack. I want us to be relentless on the floor. I want other coaches to say, ‘man, I hate playing Basehor; they never give up.’”

Junior Macyn Sanders, who had a successful night serving, was happy with the Bobcats’ effort.

“I think we came out really strong for the first night,” Sanders said. “We served really well and moved the ball around a lot. We need to work on transitions to really improve (before our next match).”

Senior Tara Chumley agreed with Sanders’ assessment of Basehor’s performance.

“I thought we played well tonight,” Chumley said. “We definitely have some things to work on, but I thought overall we did good. Bonner has always been a rival of ours, so to control (a match) with them is always a good feeling.”

After a solid first outing, Zydlo said her team will focus on overall strategy when it returns to practice. The Bobcats hope to compete for a Kaw Valley League championship and state tournament berth this season, and Zydlo knows strategy is an area her team needs to shore up if it wants to achieve those goals.

“We have been talking a lot about volleyball strategy,” Zydlo said. “There is a definite strategy to this game. It’s not always taught or coached, or even talked about, but every practice we end with a strategy tip — we used some tonight.”

The Bobcats will try to build on their early-season success when they return to the court Sept. 10 against Maranatha Academy and Mill Valley at BLHS.

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