Archive for Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Basehor-Linwood volleyball earns league victory against Bonner Springs

September 5, 2012, 10:54 a.m.

Updated: September 6, 2012, 12:00 a.m.

Since an 0-5 start in the Frontier League Invitational last month, the Basehor-Linwood volleyball team has lost just one match.

On Tuesday, the Bobcats defeated Bonner Springs in three sets in a league match (25-18, 25-20, 25-12) to improve to 5-6. Meanwhile, the Braves — who defeated Bishop Ward and Christ Prep on Thursday for their first two victories — fell to 2-5.

Senior Brandi Stahl led the Bobcats with eight kills on Monday, followed closely by sophomore Abbey Mellies and junior Allison Heinen with six, and senior Jamie Johnson and freshman Madi Osterhaus with five.

“Our focus tonight was to go out and start our league play off well,” coach Amy Irvin said. “We did some things very well and had times that we let Bonner get too many points in a row instead of just finishing playing our game.”

Irvin said that, despite an occasional “down moment,” she was proud that her girls never gave in and zeroed in on clinching the victory.

Stahl, junior Hailey Robinson, senior Haley Waters and freshmanJamie Weible each had six digs in the match.

“Our back row defense stepped up because we did not get as many blocks as we are used to getting,” Irvin said. “Our serving was also very good. We focused on serving at practice (Monday). Those are given points that we have to do at our best every game.”

The Basehor-Linwood victory follows a sweep of the Bobcats’ home-opening tri against St. Marys (25-17, 25-16) and Ottawa (25-19, 25-23) on Thursday.

Against Ottawa, the Bobcats avenged another early defeat in the Frontier League, this time with a balanced attack — Osterhaus, Samantha Rutherford, Mellies and Stahl each had six kills in the match.

“That win felt so good,” Irvin said. “It shows that we can win regardless of previous outcomes. The girls were mentally tough and played with great intensity.”

For the Braves, senior Haley Hoffine led the team with six kills and Jene Williams added four against Basehor-Linwood on Tuesday.

The Bobcats next compete in the Lansing Invitational at 9 a.m. on Saturday. Bonner Springs returns to play against Immaculata, Turner and Washington at 5 p.m. on Thursday.

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