BHS volleyball struggling for wins
Once again, the Baldwin High School varsity volleyball team had trouble Saturday. The Bulldogs came up short to finish the day 1-3.
The first match pitted Baldwin against Metro Academy. The Bulldogs kept it close throughout the entire match, but Metro Academy came out winning 21-25 and 23-25. Unfortunately, the Bulldogs also lost a key player when junior Ashley Snedeger rolled her ankle in game two of the match and was not able to compete for the rest of the day. Senior Bailey Stuart lit it up from the spike line going seven for 10 with four kills. Sophomore Kelsey Heckathorne led all scorers with six points.
In the second match of the day, the Dogs faced Pomona. Stuart led the way in serving with 13 points and Heckathorne went 14 for 16 from the 10 foot line with eight kills. But lack of communication doomed the Dogs to lose 22-25 and 25-27.
"It's very difficult at this level to remain competitive when you refuse to talk on the floor," coach Jim Oatman said.
The third match paired Baldwin against another team desperately seeking a victory, Osage City. The two teams battled back and forth before Baldwin finally notched the victory. The first game was close as the Bulldogs came out on top 25-23. However, Osage City answered back 15-25 for the win. In the final game of the match, Baldwin shut down Osage City 25-16 to claim the victory. Stuart once again led from the service line with 12 points. Heckathorne also added eight kills.
"When all was said and done, it was a much needed victory for the Bulldogs as they continue to search for the confidence needed to finish an opponent when they have them against the ropes," Oatman said.
The last match of the evening was against Eudora. It was the same old story as Eudora easily dispatched the Bulldogs in two games. Lack of communication was a major contributing factor to the loss, as the Bulldogs went down 16-25 and 7-25. Senior Rebecca Verhaeghe was the leading scorer with five points. Heckathorne once again led all spikers going five for 10 with three kills.
"Overall, as a team, our floor presence is improving, Heckathorne said. "We are still lacking some communication, but once that gets better, we should be able to win some games."