Archive for Thursday, September 17, 2009

Basehor-Linwood volleyball squad roughed up at Lansing Invitational

September 17, 2009

After an up-and-down day Thursday, Sept. 10, at its home triangular where it defeated Maranatha Academy and lost to Mill Valley, the Basehor-Linwood volleyball team hoped to play the role of spoiler on Saturday at the Lansing Invitational.

That didn’t happen.

“It was a tough, tough day,” coach Tammy Zydlo said. “We did not win a match.”

The team did not qualify for the medal round of competition, finishing 0-4 and fifth out of five teams in pool play.

Basehor-Linwood started the tournament with a match against tournament host Lansing, losing 25-4, 25-21.

The Bobcats played better in their second match but lost to De Soto in three games, 18-25, 25-15, 25-18.

The first-game victory was the team’s only one of the tournament. In its next match, Basehor-Linwood lost to Louisburg, 25-20, 25-16. The Bobcats lost the final match of the tournament, 25-16, 25-9, to Shawnee Mission North.

While there are numerous areas the team can improve, Zydlo said she is pleased with how her team blocked during the tournament.

“Our blocking continues to be good,” she said. “We had blocked balls down; we’re making good touches on the ball. Our coverage looks great; we just need more kills under our belt.”

The Bobcats struggled hitting the ball during the tournament.

“We hit a lot of balls into the middle of the court, which is where the opponent’s best players are usually playing,” Zydlo said. “You have to mix up your hits and keep them honest. You have to mix them up a little bit.”

The team typically strives for 60 percent kills, but was not close to that number.

“We are working on that this week,” Zydlo said. “I am working on lineup changes that will help the team as a whole to be successful. We just could not get into a rhythm all day.”

The Bobcats also had 18 missed serves during the tournament.

“That needs to be reduced,” Zydlo said.

Overall, the Bobcats need to aim for more consistent play.

“We had some moments of good hustle,” she said. “It was just one of those days; we were just out of sync and not the team we were in previous matches.”

While she isn’t necessarily pleased with the team’s performance, Zydlo said it will recover and is looking forward to moving on from the tournament.

“It won’t define our season,” Zydlo said. “The record is important, but the key is to improve for the KVL tournament on Oct. 16, and sub-state the week after.

“It is so early in the season … it’s just one tournament. The girls have the skill to do it. I know we can turn it around.”

BLHS played Tuesday at Piper against Piper, Bishop Ward and Maur Hill. The team has home matches set for today against Atchison and McLouth.

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