Archive for Saturday, September 24, 2011

BLHS volleyball stays unbeaten in KVL play

September 24, 2011

Basehor-Linwood remained undefeated in Kaw Valley League matches last week, defeating Bishop Ward in four games on Tuesday.

“We have made it our goal to finish the season first in the league, and so far we are doing what we need to reach our goal,” coach Amy Irvin said.

Basehor-Linwood won the first game 25-20 to take an early advantage in the best-of-five match. Bishop Ward evened the match by winning the second game 26-24.

Basehor-Linwood won the next two game 25-15 and 25-20.

Brandi Stahl led the team with 17 kills.

Cara McCarty led the team with 11 blocks.

During the match, McCarty had an unforgettable block that fired up the Bobcats, Irvin said.

“It was a complete rejection,” she said. “It was awesome.”

McCarty is emerging as a middle blocker on a team that appears to have found an identity and a style of volleyball it feels comfortable with under Irvin, a first-year coach.

“Our confidence and mental toughness started in the game we played against Tonganoxie,” Irvin said. “Ever since that game, the girls are going out there and doing what they need to do to win. Most of all, they are having fun. I have always told them from this summer when we played for the first time together as a new program, that we play the best when we have fun. No stress, no anxiety, just go out and play our game. We are doing just that. I cannot wait to see what the rest of the season holds.”

Nonetheless, the Bobcats can build on their success against Bishop Ward, which included strong individual performances.

At the serve line, Stahl, Olivia Cowan and Sam Rutherford all had two aces. Haley Waters led the team with four digs.

“Since we are undefeated in league play, the girls wanted to stay that way,” Irvin said. “They went out and played hard.”

Basehor-Linwood is playing today in the Louisburg Invitational.

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