BHS volleyball set to serve it up
At Baldwin High School, fall sports seasons are just around the corner. But for the Bulldog volleyball team, the season looms nearest.
First-year head coach Jill Brown will put this year's version of the BHS team on the court Tuesday at Basehor. That's only six short days away. Just ask Brown.
"Two weeks is real short to pick the teams and then work with them," said Brown. "We went through tests this last week to find out where we were at. We split into teams this week and had to get going.
"We've had to go through our offense and defense," she said. "It's all new, too, it's not review."
Brown has revamped both the Bulldog offense and defense during her first season as head coach. So far, it's gone smoothly.
"It went great," Brown said of the first week of practice. "I'm real encouraged. That's what's tough is everyone is new. Everyone has responded well. We're making a lot of changes."
The coaching staff made the selections Sunday for who would be on varsity, junior varsity and the freshman team. There are seven seniors on varsity Mandy Moore, Mary Martin, Kristen Wessel, Tarin Troth, Jenna Schulte, Claire Kueffer and Melissa Wray.
"They are a good group," she said. "They've really welcomed the freshmen class. I'm real pleased with the seniors. They've provided great leadership and that's what you need."
The other six on the varsity squad are split evenly with two juniors, two sophomores and two freshmen. The juniors are Jennifer Wingert and Kristin Harris. The sophomores are Katie Martin and Anna Skaggs. The freshmen are Rachel Miles and Emily Brown.
The junior varsity squad will be comprised of 16 girls and the freshmen will have 12. Captains will be chosen some time this week.
Now that the teams have been picked, the focus turned to the nuts and bolts on how the Bulldogs will play. They started Monday and were to continue throughout the week to familiarize themselves on the new style of play. It's working.
"The things we've done so far, I've been real pleased with," said Brown.
There's not a lot of margin for error with Tuesday's opener staring the Bulldogs in the face. But, they'll be off and running. They'll also be traveling.
Besides the opener at Basehor, BHS will also play at Wellsville Sept. 5 and at Tonganoxie Sept. 7 before there's a home game. But, the home opener will be a big one the Baldwin Invitational on Sept. 9.