Basehor-Linwood senior McCarty closes out career among best at GKCVCA all-star showcase
Cara McCarty ended her high school volleyball career as a winner.
McCarty, a Basehor-Linwood senior, concluded her prep career playing in the Greater Kansas City Volleyball Coaches Association Kansas and Missouri Classic on Sunday at Avila University with top Class 3A and 4A players from Kansas against a team from Missouri.
She was part of a Kansas team that won the best-of-five match in three games.
The team was selected by the GKCVCA, which is a coaches association of high school volleyball coaches throughout the metro area.
The Kansas team, led by a contingent of players from Class 4A state champion St. James Academy, dominated the match.
McCarty’s teammates included Paige Brown, Katie Dulek, Annie Reilly and Sheridan Zarda of St. James Academy. In addition, Tonganoxie’s Megan Hummelgaard, Brooklyn Kerbagh and Kailan Kuzmic were selected to the team, as were Jamime Birzer of Ottawa, Megan Marquardt of Bishop Ward, Becca Massen of De Soto and Mallorie Delson of Paola.
BLHS coach Amy Irvin said playing in the match was a nice honor for McCarty and well representative of the season she had.
“I thought it was a great honor for her and was a lot of fun,” Irvin said. “I am so glad she was recognized for her talent, ability and the great season she had with us.”
McCarty had a strong season statistically for the Bobcats. She finished the year with 136 kills and a kill percentage of 49 percent. She also had 90 blocks and 16 aces. She had a serving percentage of 95 percent, as well as 30 digs and a 95 passing percentage.
Irvin also said it was a nice honor for McCarty to be on the team.
Given her contributions to the program, Irvin said being selected to the All-Star match was a nice honor for McCarty.
“I am not aware of any other BLHS volleyball player in recent years that has ever been selected,” Irvin said. “I have been here for seven years and I know that none have been since I have been here. She truly deserved it. It shows the huge step in competitiveness that we have made this year did not go unrecognized.”
McCarty helped solidify the Bobcats’ front line this season, and they nearly won the Kaw Valley League championship. Lansing — a Class 5A state qualifier — edged BLHS in a five-game thriller that decided the league title.
McCarty helped Irvin transition from assistant coach of six years to first-year head coach. Her contributions to the program were numerous and her presence will be missed on the court next season, Irvin said.
“Cara’s shoes are going to be huge to fill,” Irvin said. “I cannot even begin to say how much she has meant to our program. She has been one of our most often go-to people on the team. She led us in blocks and she is a wonderful team player and teammate. We are truly going to miss her. She is a powerful volleyball player that always showed composure and competitiveness.”