BHS netters are busy
It was a busy week for the Baldwin High School volleyball team with a triangular last Tuesday and a tournament at Wellsville on Saturday.
BHS got off to a good start in the Wellsville Tournament, winning its first match over Williamsburg 11-15, 15-9, 15-10. What followed wasn't so good with losses to Wellsville (15-4, 15-6) and Osage City (15-10, 15-1). The Bulldogs bounced back, however, with a 16-14, 15-5 victory over Olpe.
"We seem to be having a hard time staying focused throughout a match," said coach Jill Brown. "We need to learn to ride the momentum of a great play for a few points.
"We can really look good at times. I'd just like to see us play that way more consistently," said Brown.
Katie Martin led the team in setting with 15 assists and two errors. Jenna Schulte topped the serving efficiency with four aces and no errors. Emily Brown had eight stuff blocks. Anna Skaggs and Mandy Moore led the team in passing.
It was up and down at Tuesday's triangular at Osawatomie, too. BHS opened with a 15-5, 15-5 loss to Paola and followed that by falling to Osawatomie 7-15, 15-0, 15-13.
"We played well against a tough team against Paola," she said. "Anytime you win the first game (against Osawatomie) and then lose the second one 15-0, it's going to be tough winning that third game. Momentum is definitely on their side."
But the Bulldogs answered in the finale with a 12-15, 15-3, 15-12 win over Spring Hill.
"I was proud of the girls for winning this match after losing the first game," said Brown. "Having lost the first two matches and then the first game of the match, it would have been easy to fold on this match. We showed some fight to come back and win the next two games."
Emily Brown was the leading hitter with 13 kills. Kristen Wessel led the way in serving with eight aces. Jen Wingert chipped in with four kills and an .800 hitting efficiency coming off the bench. Coach Brown also lauded the performances of Moore and Schulte.
Baldwin High was in action again Tuesday, but results weren't available by press time. On Saturday, the Bulldogs will travel to DeSoto for another tournament.