BLHS volleyball shows promise in close matches
Basehor-Linwood volleyball players did a lot of good things in the season-opening quadrangular Tuesday at Baldwin High School.
Players blocked well, recording 22 blocks in three games.
They played a sound strategy of volleyball. Coach Tammy Zydlo had emphasized the importance of playing with strategy during the preseason, and the Bobcats implemented that plan in the matches.
In general, the Bobcats were a team willing to hustle and get to loose balls on defense.
“We have more of a strategy to the game,” she said. “I just feel real confident. I feel real comfortable this season in our ability, and I know we are going to get the job done.”
On Tuesday, the Bobcats also had players perform well at the hitter positions.
Brandi Stahl led the team with 17 kills and Sam Rutherford had 14 kills. Cara McCarty recorded 12 kills and had seven blocks.
As a result of the positives, Basehor-Linwood played three close matches and concluded the first night of the season with a 1-2 record.
“All in all, I was pleased with how the girls played,” Zydlo said. “I was pleased with the performance. I wish we had gone 3-0, but I was pleased with what I saw. We have girls that can put the hits down.”
Moving forward, the team is working on execution and eliminating mistakes that can cost a team in close matches, Zydlo said.
In the first match, Eudora defeated Basehor-Linwood in three games, 25-21, 12-25, 27-25.
In the next match, Baldwin defeated Basehor-Linwood in three games. Basehor-Linwood won the first game 25-22. Baldwin won the next two games 25-23, 25-21.
The Bobcats had 23 kills in the match. The team also had 13 missed serves in the match and five aces. The missed serves hurt because they can zap a team’s momentum.
“It is tough to gain momentum or get momentum when you have a missed serve,” Zydlo said.
Basehor-Linwood earned its only victory of the night against Bonner Springs.
Basehor-Linwood won the first game 29-27 but lost the second game 9-25. The Bobcats rebounded to win the third game 25-13.
“Bonner Springs has really improved in the last year,” Zydlo said. “They have a nice offense going and had really tough servers too.”
Basehor-Linwood recorded 20 kills in the match. Stahl led the team with six kills. McCarty had four kills, three blocks and three serving aces. Courtney Poe also served well in the match, recording two aces.
Basehor-Linwood plays tonight at Ottawa.