Bulldog volleyball team sets new win total
From Signal Staff Reports
Baldwin High School volleyball is still going strong, heading for sub-state, and doing better than any team that BHS has ever seen. The Bulldog's won five games in the DeSoto Spikefest Tournament Saturday to finish second and set a new season record mark.
The Bulldog record is now 22-12, which pleases second-year head coach Jill Brown.
"We set the record for the most amount of wins in a season with 22," said Brown.
That has just been so far, and four of the 12 losses have been to Wellsville, one of the top programs in Class 3A, and another four losses go to Paola, also a tough team. The other three losses have been to Gardner-Edgerton, Topeka-Hayden and Prairie View. Baldwin did manage a win over Wellsville during a tournament on Sept. 29.
Saturday, BHS beat Tonganoxie 15-2, 15-0; Osawatomie 14-16, 15-13, 18-16; DeSoto 15-4, 15-1; Marantha 15-9, 15-8; and Osawatomie again in the semifinals 15-4, 15-6. The Bulldog streak ended in the finals where they fell to Spring Hill 11-15, 15-7, 11-15.
"It was another good tournament for us," said Brown. "We played well throughout the day. We played six matches and only lost three games all day. We attacked the ball well all day. I have to give our passers and setters credit for doing their job well in order to put our hitters in a good position to attack the ball.
"We had two matches where our kill efficiencies were unbelievable," she said. "Our first match of the day we hit .385 as a team, with 19 kills to four errors. In the semifinals against Osawatomie, we hit .488 as a team with 25 kills to only four errors. We're hard to beat with numbers like that."
Two Bulldogs, Emily Brown and Rachel Miles, made the all-tournament team. Brown led the way in kills with 50 and an amazing .818 kill efficiency against Tonganoxie. Katie Martin topped the assists with 61 and Anna Skaggs led in aces with 15. MIles was the leader in blocks with 20, including nine stuff blocks. Haydon Hubbel led the team in serving percentage with 98 percent.
The Bulldogs matched up on Oct. 2 in Wellsville against Spring Hill, Prairie View and Wellsville. The Bulldogs came out with one win that night against Spring Hill.
"We had a great match against Spring Hill. We played with a lot of intensity and attacked the ball very well," said coach Brown.
The Bulldogs went on and unfortunately were taken out of the game by Prairie View and Wellsville. Prairie View defeated the Bulldogs 15-12. BHS won the second game 15-10 and then in the third game, Prairie View came out ahead once more 15-8.
Wellsville dominated in the first game 15-4. Baldwin tried to pull ahead but came up short once more, ending the night with a score of 15-9 to Wellsville.
"We weren't as aggressive as we needed to be against Prairie View and Wellsville," Brown said.
"Anna Skaggs had a great match against Prairie View. She had 10 kills to only one error, with a hitting efficiency of .473," she added.
Brown, a sophomore, led the team in kills, having 27 for the night; Skaggs, a junior, followed with 12; and Miles, a sophomore, had eight kills. Martin, the junior setter, led with 31 assists. Miles led the team in blocks with 11 total, five of those were stuff blocks. Also, Brown followed close behind with six blocks, five being stuff blocks.
BHS played Gardner and Osawatomie in a home match Tuesday night, but results weren't available by press time.