The Basehor-Linwood volleyball team celebrated their seniors on Monday in a home triangular against Ottawa and Lawrence. 

The Bobcats beat Ottawa 2-0. Head coach Amy Irvin said the familiarness with the team helped.

“We had played them before and beat them,” Irvin said. “So we were aware of what they had and tendencies.”

Sadie McWilliams and Molly Blankenship led the team with five kills on the match and Riley Tinder had three of the team’s eight aces. Blankenship also led the team with four total blocks. Sami Fisher was the leader in digs with six. 

The Bobcats would fall to Lawrence 2-0 in their second match. 

Despite the loss, Irvin said the team’s play was “unreal.”

“We really focused on small increments of points at a time,” Irvin said. “It helped us focus on the small things and on doing the small things, staying aggressive and most of all staying intense one point at a time. We really focused on making their consecutive points staying under three at a time and it really helped us. Even though we lost, we were proud of ourselves.”

Tinder and Ava Seaton led in kills with six each. Seaton also led the team in digs with eight. McWilliams added three aces, and Blankenship had one block.

The team had a quick turnaround and played the next day at Shawnee Heights against the Thunderbirds and the Turner Golden Bears.

Basehor-Linwood won the match against Turner 2-0. 

“(We) started the first game against Turner slow,” Irvin said. “Second game we focused more and our goal was to keep them under 10 points. We kept them at seven so we achieved our goal.”

Against Turner, Seaton led the team with eight kills. Seaton and Brooke Wiles both had five digs. Magi Osterhaus had six aces and Blankenship led the teams in blocks again with one. 

Like the night before, the Bobcats would fall in their second match of the night 2-0. 

“Shawnee Heights could have been a lot better,” Irvin said. “We knew they had great players and really focused on what they had since we played them earlier this season. We didn’t communicate well with each other on the court. We didn’t have intensity and drive that is needed to beat a good team like them. We really struggled doing the small things right and making Shawnee Heights earn their points.”

Seaton, Fisher and Tinder all had four kills to lead the Bobcats. Seaton and Taylor Pierce led the team with one ace each. Tinder, Pierce and McWilliams all had one block and Osterhaus was the digs leader with nine. 

The Bobcats are off until sub-state on Oct. 20th.