BHS volleyball set for substate play
It was final tune-up time for the Baldwin High School volleyball team last week as the Bulldogs prepared for Saturday's Class 4A sub-state in Louisburg.
On Oct. 15, the Bulldogs put the finishing touches to the regular season with a sweep of three matches at Prairie View. BHS beat host Prairie View 15-11, 15-7; Paola 15-8, 15-7; and Osawatomie 15-5, 15-12.
However, the Bulldogs didn't get going right away.
"We were down 8-0 before coming back to win 15-11 against Prairie View," said coach Jill Brown.
Leading the way in that victory were Kari Garrison with a .375 hitting efficiency, Anna Skaggs with seven kills and MartiKay Hess with six blocks.
The victory over Paola, where Emily Brown had 14 kills and Katie Martin had three aces, was especially sweet.
"We were 1-1 against Paola for the year so we were happy to get another shot at them and beat them for the second time this season," said coach Brown.
In the Osawatomie match, the Bulldogs needed a spark by Kasey Pittenger to get things rolling.
"It was tied 6-6 when Kasey Pittenger came in to serve. She served six straight points," she said.
Brown led the way with 11 kills, with Skaggs adding eight kills and Rachel Miles five blocks.
Leaders for the season finale were: Brown, 31 kills and 37 assists; Skaggs, 19 kills; Garrison, 14 kills and 100 percent serving; Miles, 11 blocks and seven kills; Katie Kurtz, 10 kills, 100 percent serving and .421 hitting efficiency; Hess, 13 blocks; and Pittenger, 100 percent serving.
The victories closed out the season for BHS with a 28-7 overall record and a 6-3 mark in Frontier League play. Substate action will be in Louisburg starting Saturday morning.