The Basehor-Linwood Bobcats volleyball team wrapped up their season Oct. 20 at De Soto High School in their sub-state matchup against Seaman to finish the season at 19-19.

Head coach Amy Irvin was asked to describe the season in one sentence.

“This season was tough in so many ways,” Irvin said, “yet so rewarding.”

The Bobcats saw many changes going with the season. It was their first season in the new United Kansas Conference and the team jumped up to 5A midway through the season after previously being in 4A. 

Irvin said the team pushed to be successful despite all of the changes. It will be the thing she will remember most about this season.

“They really worked as a team to be as successful as they could be,” Irvin said. “We had our struggles, here and there, as any team does but both going 5A and changing leagues in one season made it tough. They really had to support and push each other.”

Irvin was also asked who improved the most this season.

“This is a tough one,” Irvin said. “I would say three names: Sami Fisher, Taylor Pierce and Sadie McWilliams. Sami played all six rotations this year and did an amazing job in all ways. Taylor became more a vocal leader this year and her confidence in herself grew so much. Sadie came to varsity as an outside hitter, but transitioned to a middle due to an injury we had and did so well.”

Prior to the sub-state match, Irvin said team chemistry was a big strength of this year’s team. She said it took a little bit for the team to fully come together, but it was a key along for the successes the Bobcats had. 

Irvin also said in that interview that her returning players from last year’s team helped this year, especially Ava Seaton and Magi Osterhaus, two seniors. 

In reflecting on the season, Irvin said the growth helped the team get better and helped them prepare for next season.

“I think this season was successful in so many ways,” Irvin said. “And I think we grew so much not only as individuals but as a team. We learned what we could have done better, we learned what we did well as a team and we learned how to learn from our struggles to make our season even more successful next year.”

Irvin previously said that the future is bright for the Bobcats. Although the graduating seniors are leaving big shoes to fill, Irvin said players will step up and the future is bright for the team, especially since they are not losing eight or nine players like other schools are.

Looking ahead to next year, Irvin said starting off strong will be one of the early goals.

“Starting off with fire, drive and intensity,” Irvin said. “We are really going to focus and have the confidence to know how good we really are as a team and never doubting it. Always going hard, always being driven and never taking a loss lightly unless we have given everything we have on the court and with no regrets. Those things are what separates great teams from good teams.”