Shake off early deficit against Bonner Springs

It took a little bit of time, but the Basehor-Linwood volleyball team finally figured out how to get rid of the Bonner Braves’ threat Tuesday night.

The host Bobcats went to work and ground out a talented, but ineffectual when it counted, Braves’ squad, in a 3-1 (24-26, 26-24, 25-17, 25-22) Kaw Valley League (KVL) win.

Basehor (8-3, 1-0) started off a bit inconsistent against a team the had swept earlier only about a week earlier in a non-league match, and still had a chance to put the Braves away in the first set, before tripping over a 23-20 edge to fall down 1-0 early on in their KVL and home opener.

“We beat them in two the last time we played them and it wasn’t easy, but beating them in two definitely set the tone,” BLHS head coach Amy Irvin said. “We knew they’d come to play, being that it was in league and they had a sour taste in their mouth from losing the first time. It was kind of good that we had that first (set) loss just to kind of kick off us in the rear. Sometimes you have to fight hard.

“I knew once we got on a run, especially in set three they were down by eight or nine points at a time, so I knew then we had them down. They have two phenomenal hitters. They are a team to beat. You can’t go out and take them lightly. They have pieces. They put it together, especially in set one. We came to win, came to fight.”

Katie Yankovich was a terror at the net for the Braves, finishing with 13 kills and hitting a superb .684 while also recording 3.5 blocks. Riley Tinder (nine kills, nine digs), Ava Season (seven kills, 10 digs), Sami Fisher (six kills), Jaylyn McPherson (five kills), Jenna Zydio (five kills), Magi Osterhaus (22 assists, 10 digs) and Taylor Piece (15 assists) paced the Bobcats’ attack all night.

Yankovich added nine digs for good measure.

Seaton hopes the team continues to figure out how to finish out sets better.

“It’s much better than last year,” Seaton said. “We have a lot of upperclassmen that aren’t playing around. We are coming to finish. It was our first league game and it was a little bumpy and then we kicked it in gear.

“Sometimes we get in our heads a little too much. In that first set it felt slow and we all felt weird. Sometimes volleyball is a crazy game. It’s all about energy and you have to just bring it the next set.

Irvin likes that her girls rallied with a strong effort following being down early.

“We took that first set as a gut punch...we knew we had to fighter than they were for sure,” Irvin said. “We have been working a lot on the mental.  That’s our biggest weakness: The confidence to finish. They proved themselves for sure.”