BLHS shows progress at Ottawa
After two nights of play and five matches, positive signs abound of the Basehor-Linwood volleyball team.
Sure it is early in the season and the Bobcats’ first tournament is Saturday and Lansing, but coach Tammy Zydlo is pleased with her team’s performance so far this season.
“I’m very excited for the season and I really feel like things are coming together for us,” Zydlo said. “We will have to work really hard for our points against the taller teams, but we definitely have the athleticism to get there. The girls have great attitudes, and if we continue to improve this will be a really great season for us.”
The latest steps forward came in two matches Thursday, Sept. 2, at Ottawa. The Bobcats split the two matches.
Basehor-Linwood beat St. Mary’s in the first match, 26-24, 19-25, 25-23.
“Against St. Mary’s it was a series of long rallies and we played some really exciting volleyball,” Zydlo said. “In these matches we serve-received and played better defense than any team I’ve seen in a long time.”
On offense, sophomore Brandi Stahl led all BLHS hitters with 15 kills and sophomore Samantha Rutherford recorded nine kills. Senior Courtney Poe had six kills and setter Macyn Sanders had five kills.
“This is probably the most kills Macyn has ever had in a single match in her four years here,” Zydlo said. “She just did a great job of placing the ball on her hitting.”
Basehor-Linwood had seven blocks with junior Cara McCarty leading the team with three.
Ottawa won the next match in three games, 25-21, 19-25, 25-13.
The Cyclones boasted a major size advantage, and the Bobcats had just two blocks in the match.
Hayley Waters and senior defensive specialist Shelby Equels had strong performances on the back row, and Zydlo said she was pleased with the team’s effort.
“Ottawa ran a lot of quick sets and the team defended against them really well,” Zydlo said.
Stahl led all hitters with eight kills. Rutherford and Poe each had four kills.
Overall, Zydlo said she is pleased with her team’s performance in its first two outings of the season.
“I was pretty pleased with our play on Tuesday, Aug. 31,” she said. “We dropped a couple of games because of errors at critical times, but even then I was pretty happy with what I saw on the court. On Thursday, Sept. 2, I thought we improved even more from Tuesday night. We are really playing some good volleyball and I know that those teams that are taller than us will eventually get worn down if we continue to play like we are in the back row. We have put some people in different positions than what they played last year, so there’s a learning curve for some. But, all in all, it’s coming together.”
Basehor-Linwood returns to match play at 5 p.m. today at Mill Valley against Mill Valley and Maranatha Academy.
FRESHMEN AND JV WIN
Basehor-Linwood’s freshman and junior varsity teams each won their matches against St. Mary’s and Ottawa.