Archive for Thursday, September 10, 2009

Bobcat volleyball squad sees positives in loss to 6A school Olathe Northwest

September 10, 2009

Basehor-Linwood volleyball coach Tammy Zydlo liked some of what she saw during last Thursday’s loss to Olathe Northwest.

Most of the positives came in the team’s second game.

Zydlo, who is generally optimistic and positive, said her team played well in the second game. The 26-24 loss overshadowed double-digit losses in the other games.

The scores of the games were 25-9, 26-24, 25-5.

“The difference in the second game from the first and the third games was that we were all over that court, putting playable balls up,” Zydlo said. “They had good servers, but we were able to give a good offensive play back. We worked so hard and kept converting. That was the difference from the first and third game.”

BLHS also blocked well in the game.

“We blocked a lot of balls or at least got touches on the hits,” she said.

Game two turned when Basehor-Linwood had a dropped ball that swung the momentum to the Ravens.

Overall, Olathe Northwest was a talented team with players that had a lot of experience playing volleyball. They also were technically sound on defense, yielding few opportunities for Basehor-Linwood to get on any strong runs.

“They had a lot of good players, a libero that got to everything,” Zydlo said. “That forced us to move around our hits. We needed to play a little more creatively.”

With the loss, BLHS wrapped up the first week of competition with a 2-2 record.

BLHS plays matches against Mill Valley and Maranatha at 5:30 p.m. today at BLHS.

The team also is scheduled to play in the Lansing Invitational at 9 a.m. Saturday. The Bobcats are in a pool with De Soto, Lansing, Louisburg and Shawnee Mission North. The Bobcats open against Lansing, a Class 5A state tournament team each of the past two seasons.

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