BHS volleyball receives post-season accolades
By ending a 31-year drought for appearing in state volleyball action, the Baldwin High School Bulldogs made a name for themselves this year. It's helped bring in a ton of post-season honors.
The Lawrence Journal-World's all-area volleyball team was announced Sunday and BHS was represented by two players and coach of the year Jill Brown. Junior Emily Brown joined mom on the team and so did junior Rachel Miles.
It was easily the best showing ever for BHS, both on the court where the Bulldogs were 31-10 and went to state, and in post-season accolades. In addition to the all-area team, four members of the team were chosen all-league. Brown and Miles were first teamers and senior Anna Skaggs and junior Kari Garrison were honorable mention selections.
That's more honors than have been bestowed on the Bulldogs ever. Plus, the experience gained at state this year already has them looking forward to next year.
"We have a good group coming back," said coach Brown. "Out of 12 players, six are coming back most of them juniors that played this year.
"Just going out and making that first step, getting to state, was huge," she said.
Statistics for Brown, who is a three-time all-area selection, were impressive. She had 354 assists and led the league with 411 kills, which is also a new school record. Miles had a BHS record 186 blocks to help pave her way onto the team.
As for team records, BHS set a ton this year: wins (31); kills (1,036); assists (869); stuff blocks (207); total blocks (549); and most serving aces (255).
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