BHS volleyball falls in finals
From Signal Staff Reports
The Baldwin High School volleyball team sailed to the finals of the DeSoto Spikefest Tournament Saturday, but that's where they ran into the Tonganoxie Chieftains and fell in a close match to end the Bulldog's 26 match winning s treak.
Tonganoxie took the tourney title with a 25-23, 25-23 victory over BHS. It isn't the first time the Bulldogs have fallen to Tonganoxie in the last two years and coach Jill Brown knows why.
"It was probably a great match to watch if you weren't involved with either team," said Brown. "There were a lot of great rallies, with some great hits and some great digs on both sides of the net. And it was about as close as it could get, with the match being decided by only four points.
"We are at a little bit of a disadvantage against Tonganoxie -- they know a lot more about us than we do about them," she said. "Their coach, Tiffany Parker, coached our team this summer at the Kansas Classic Preseason Tournament. During the club season, she has coached Emily Brown for three years, Rachel Miles for two years and Kari Garrison and Haydon Hubbel for a year. They knew our weaknesses and our hitting tendencies."
Despite that, it was a hard-fought match with the Bulldogs giving it their all before falling for onl y the second time this season. They now have a 31-2 record.
"As a team, our statistics could not have been much better in this match," said Brown. "We served 100 percent, had a hitting efficiency of .379 with 32 kills, seven errors in 66 attempts, and we had 17 digs.
"I was really proud of the way our team fought hard in this match," she said. "We were down most of the match, but continued to play hard and aggressively to the end."
To reach the finals, BHS hammered DeSoto 25-7, 25-13, topped Osawatomie 25-21, 25-16, downed Jefferson County West 25-16, 25-17 and beat Bishop Seabury 25-11, 25-21.Â¥5