Bobcats, Braves among best of league’s volleyball players
Basehor-Linwood and Bonner Springs were two volleyball programs on the rise in the Kaw Valley League during the 2011 season, and both programs were recognized for their performance by having multiple players named to the All-Kaw Valley League team.
Basehor-Linwood, which surged from a spot near the bottom of the KVL standings in recent years all the way to a second-place finish this season under first-year coach Amy Irvin, placed three players on the All-KVL squad.
Senior middle blocker Cara McCarty — a three-year starter and a MO-KAN All-Star honoree this year — was named to the first team. So was junior outside hitter Brandi Stahl.
Junior Haley Waters, a defensive specialist, was an honorable mention selection.
Meanwhile, Bonner Springs — a program that won just nine matches in 2009 — surged to a 21-18 record this season and placed three players on the All-KVL squad.
Senior middle hitter Madison Scott was named to the first team. She has been the Braves’ most dominant presence in the middle during the past two seasons. Joining Scott on the first team was junior setter Haley Hoffine, a three-year starter.
Junior libero Cassady Holloway was an honorable mention selection.
Tonganoxie and Lansing led the way with four All-KVL selections apiece. Tonganoxie junior Jenny Whitledge, senior Brooklyn Kerbaugh, senior Megan Hummelgaard and senior Kailan Kuzmic all were named to the first team. Lansing — a Class 5A state tournament qualifier and the KVL champion — placed senior Lori Angello, junior Bri Lozenski and senior Gabby Hacker on the first team. Junior Ashley Linaweaver was named as an honorable mention selection.
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