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BHS weary of home opener on Tuesday

August 24, 2006

Even though the first Baldwin High School volleyball match is at home, the Bulldogs aren't all that excited about it.

The Bulldogs begin their season at 5 p.m. Tuesday at home, but the opening match doesn't exactly excite the players or coach.

"I think that the kids will look forward to opening up their season at home," coach Kelly Brown said. "But it does put a little bit of pressure on them."

BHS senior Kim Gilges said the opening match at home could be positive or negative.

"There are some good things and some bad things," Gilges said. "The good thing is it's a home game and we don't have very many this year. The bad thing is it's the first match, so it could be bad or it could be good. We don't know what's going to happen."

Fellow BHS senior Annie Hannon is ready to start the season Tuesday evening, especially in front of the home crowd.

"I am really excited, because our first game is at home," Hannon said. "I hope we do really well, because we have a new coach and it's a new year."

Although she is not sure if the home match is a good thing or not, Brown is ready to see how her team plays in her first match as a BHS coach.

"I am looking forward to the match," Brown said. "I think the girls are ready to start their season and I am looking forward to seeing what we can do on the court."

Brown was hired in late July as the Bulldogs' coach after previous coach Jim Oatman resigned after two seasons at the helm. After two weeks of practice, Brown is starting to make an impact on her players.

"I think she is helping us a lot, especially getting into better shape," Hannon said. "She is making us do a lot of drills to get ready."

Gilges also likes her as a coach and hopes she leads the team to a good season.

"She is a very good coach and she knows what she is talking about," Gilges said. "I think it's going to be a great season."

During the first two weeks of practice, Brown has been teaching the Bulldogs the fundamentals of the game, while also working on conditioning. She is enjoying watching her players' progress each day.

"They are improving and our defense looks good," Brown said. "We are working on our offense right now."

Gilges said the team is still trying to mesh, but hopes they will be able to play together by their first match.

"We are going to have some rough times, but I'm sure we are going to click," Gilges said. "Then again, there will be times where we don't know what we are doing. We are still learning how everybody plays. We are going to work our hardest and, hopefully, we will come out with a win on Tuesday."

The Bulldogs are going to discuss goals on Friday, but Brown did reveal a couple of her personal goals Tuesday.

"I have a goal of the team being fundamentally sound," Brown said. "I want them to have fun while they are playing. I want to make sure that everybody is learning something in the process. Long term goals would be that every player improves throughout the season."

The three other teams playing Tuesday are Basehor-Linwood, Bonner Springs and Eudora. The action begins at 5 p.m. at BHS.

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