Basehor-Linwood volleyball bounces back with successful week
If the Basehor-Linwood volleyball team wanted to turn the page after a disappointing showing in the Lansing Invitational two weeks ago, the team succeeded.
Following a rough day, where the Bobcats went 0-4 at the tournament, coach Tammy Zydlo spoke about the importance of moving forward and learning from mistakes.
The tournament wouldn’t define her team’s season. Players will bounce back, she said.
Changes took place as Zydlo shifted lineups and players took on new roles. Cara McCarty shifted to the left side of the offense. Courtney Poe switched to the libero position because she is one of the team’s top passers.
In addition to the lineup adjustments, Zydlo changed up the team’s offense and emphasized aggressive play to her players.
With the changes in place, the Bobcats took to the floor and compiled a 4-1 record in matches last week.
BLHS went 2-1 against Piper, Bishop Ward and Maur Hill in matches played at Piper High School on Sept. 15.
In the first match of the night, Basehor-Linwood defeated Bishop Ward in three games, 25-17, 21-25, 25-22.
Bishop Ward led by seven points at the midway point of the third game, when Basehor-Linwood rallied.
“We fought back like crazy,” Zydlo said. “We just got aggressive. We were playing it to win, definitely forcing them to make mistakes. We took the momentum and didn’t look back. I was proud of the girls for coming back from seven points down.”
Courtney Hooks was the team’s kill leader with nine in the match along with three blocks. Cassy Bever recorded five kills in the match.
In the second match, Piper defeated Basehor-Linwood, 25-17, 25-18.
Basehor-Linwood led in the second game, and then went into a slump on offense.
The Bobcats didn’t play aggressive enough in the match, Zydlo said. The team’s kill leaders are reflective of this statistic. McCarty led the Bobcats with four kills in the match, compared to Hooks’ team-leading nine in the win against Bishop Ward.
In the third match, Basehor-Linwood defeated Maur Hill, 25-16, 25-3, and recorded 14 service aces.
McCarty led the team with six aces. Taylor Johnson also had five aces in the match.
“It was definitely a much better showing from the Lansing tournament,” Zydlo said. “I am proud of them for rebounding from Saturday. It was good for us to get that win against Bishop Ward. We were resilient from being down seven points. It shows we are working in the right direction.”
Basehor-Linwood also picked up a pair of home victories against McLouth and Atchison on Thursday, Sept. 17.
BLHS defeated Atchison 25-18, 25-18. Tara Chumley led the team with six kills and a 60 percent kill percentage.
“She took control of things,” Zydlo said. “She was always on attack. She was the glue that night. She was really hustling hard, working hard. I think she was excited about playing at home.”
In the second match, Basehor-Linwood defeated McLouth, 30-28, 25-23.
The team passed the ball well against McLouth, though serving was a struggle. Basehor-Linwood missed nine serves in the match.
“We had nine missed serves in the first game,” Zydlo said. “That was a huge difference. Again, the girls were resilient and not focused on the missed serves we had. We kept steady and we kept working.”
In addition, Bever recorded 13 kills and Hooks had 10 kills against McLouth. Chumley recorded five kills.
McLouth’s Kylie Shuffleberger was a talented player who the Bobcats worked to contain throughout the match. They were able to record a few blocks.
“She makes it look effortless,” Zydlo said of Shuffleberger’s attacks.
BLHS missed just one serve in the second game.
Basehor-Linwood (7-8) will play in the Louisburg Invitational on Saturday at Louisburg High School. The Bobcats will compete in pool play against Fort Scott, Louisburg and Anderson County beginning at 9 a.m. Bracket play will take place in the afternoon.
“I am looking for some big wins that day,” Zydlo said. “I think we found a lineup that is flowing for us. We can’t go down and have three or four losses. We have to think about our record, how we stand in substate.”
The Bobcats also play at Turner on Tuesday in matches against Perry-Lecompton and Turner.