Volleyball team ready for sub-state
It's a whole new season. Baldwin High School varsity volleyball is back in action Saturday where the Bulldogs will be competing in the sub-state competition in Burlington. And regardless of the season's progress, it is a whole new season with every team having a fair shot at qualifying for state.
BHS isn't ranked as one of the top teams in Class 4A this season Goodland and Anderson County are. However, that hasn't effected the team's confidence heading into post-season play.
"I'm not nervous to play against Anderson County. We've played them before; they won the match, but we beat them in a game. There will be a lot of new teams that we've never seen before, so I see it as our chance to show them what we've got," said sophomore Anna Skaggs.
"Instead of depending upon key players, we are counting on everyone to do their part. We are pretty well balanced as a team," said first-year head coach Jill Brown. "We don't worry about a certain player (being a key player for the team). We all need to do our part. We need our passers to pass well. We need our servers to serve well and our setters to set well."
"We're not ranked (at the top) right now, and we don't have a great record going in, (but) we're playing much better now than we were at the beginning of the season," Brown explained. "It's like I tell the girls: Your record isn't what matters once you get there. What matters is which team is 'on their game' that day. You don't have to have a winning record to win a certain day; it all depends on who plays best once you get there. Hopefully we can go in with that attitude."
The squad struggled early, but has been hot lately, winning the tournament championship at the DeSoto Invitational with a 5-1 record. If the Bulldogs can win their sub-state competition, they will qualify for the Class 4A State competition.
Players representing BHS in sub-state are varsity members Tarin Troth, Katie Martin, Skaggs, Jennifer Wingert, Mary Martin, Claire Kueffer, Kristen Wessel, Jenna Schulte, Mandy Moore, Emily Brown and Rachel Miles.