BLHS volleyball falls to Ward, takes down Piper
Fresh off of a sixth-place finish at the Lansing Invitational, the Basehor-Linwood volleyball team returned home Tuesday and split a pair of matches to Bishop Ward and Piper.
Ward handed BLHS a tough three-game loss, and Piper swept the Bobcats in two games.
In the first match, Ward won game one, 25-21, but BLHS came back with a 25-23 victory in game two. Game three was equally close, but the Cyclones claimed a 25-23 victory.
The Bobcats dug themselves a seven-point deficit in game and struggled to develop consistency on offense until late. A strong finish carried over into game two, however, and it resulted in a victory.
Ultimately, the Bobcats were unable to win the match.
Brandi Stahl had eight kills, and Courtney Poe and Samantha Rutherford each had six. Sydne Eriksen added five kills. Poe added a pair of aces, while Cara McCarty and Poe each had two blocks against the Cyclones.
The Bobcats regrouped against Piper and earned a 25-18, 25-20 victory.
“I thought we did a good job of bouncing back from the close loss to Bishop Ward,” Basehor-Linwood coach Tammy Zydlo said. “We definitely communicated better, were more aggressive on offense, and Haley Waters and Shelby Equels did a great job of passing the ball and playing defense. It was a really great team effort for the win.”
Improved serving made a big difference for the Bobcats against Piper. Poe fired six aces in game one.
In addition, better passing contributed to the Bobcats’ success against the Pirates. Stahl was the prime benefactor as she pounded 10 kills. Poe added three kills.
Defensively, Rutherford had two blocks against Piper.
Overall, Zydlo said she saw continued improvement from her team.
“I thought overall we played much better Tuesday night than we did at the Lansing Invitational on Saturday,” she said. “But it will be nice to have a short break to get prepared for the Louisburg Tournament on Sept. 25.”
Basehor-Linwood has a 6-9 record this season.