BHS spikes way to first
DeSOTO Baldwin High School's volleyball team put it all together in the Spikefest 2000 Tournament here Saturday and walked away with the tourney championship.
"I was very pleased with the team's effort and focus throughout the day," said coach Jill Brown. "We played very well throughout the tournament."
The real excitement took place in the semifinals and the finals. In the semis against Osawatomie, the Bulldogs had to dig themselves out of a hole.
"In the semifinals against Osawatomie who had beaten us already this season we were down 12-1 before we came back and won the first game 17-15," said Brown.
BHS put Osawatomie away in the second game 15-6 to advance to the finals against Tonganoxie. It was a similar scene there, too, as BHS lost the first game 15-5.
"We also lost the first game to Tonganoxie in the finals before coming back and winning the next two," she said.
Baldwin High answered the call by topping Tongie 15-7, 15-7 to claim the first-place hardware.
"In both these matches, as well as throughout the day, we played very smart and aggressively," said Brown. "We had 110 kills in the tournament by 10 of our 11 players."
Individually, seniors Kristen Wessel and Mary Martin led the way in serving, with 10 and nine aces, respectively. Freshmen Emily Brown and Rachel Miles topped the hitting with 25 kills apiece. Senior Mandy Moore was also cited by coach Brown for her offensive and defensive play. Brown was named to the all-tournament team.
"We had great team effort by all 11 players, which is really necessary with six matches," she said.
Other seniors are Claire Kueffer, Jenna Schulte and Tarin Troth. The lone junior is Jen Wingert. Sophomores are Katie Martin and Anna Skaggs.
To reach the finals, BHS beat Tonganoxie in the tourney opener 15-2, 15-10; DeSoto 15-6, 15-2; and Basehor 15-4, 15-5. The lone loss came to Maranatha in the second game of the tourney, 16-14, 15-8. BHS now has a 13-18 record.
BHS was home last week for matches against Spring Hill, Eudora and Gardner. Next up for the Bulldogs was a triangular Tuesday night at Spring Hill. Results weren't available before press time. That also wrapped up the regular season. BHS will be in sub-state action Oct. 21 at Burlington.