Volleyball team collects first win at home opener
Before falling in its final two matches of the night, the Baldwin High School volleyball team began the season 1-0.
The Bulldogs opened their season with home matches Tuesday night. They finished the night 1-2, but began by beating Bonner Springs handily.
BHS won the match in two games, 25-16 and 25-12. It was the first match for first-year coach Kelly Brown.
"That was great," Brown said. "The girls did a great job in the first match. They did well all night. This was the first match of the season and there are still some things we need to work on.
"We passed great against Bonner," Brown said. "Our passing was wonderful against them. If you have great passing, everything else will come together."
BHS senior Ashley Tucker was excited to win the first match of the season.
"It felt really good and gave us some confidence heading into the other games," Tucker said.
Brown also said that it helped having the first match at home, even though the game was played at Baldwin Junior High School.
"It was nice to have that first home game, because it helps with those first game jitters," Brown said.
After beating Bonner Springs, the Bulldogs ran into two tough competitors in Basehor-Linwood and Eudora. BHS fell to Basehor 25-18 and 25-13.
"They had a little bit more offense that Bonner did," Brown said. "Our defense is a little off key and our serves started to fall apart."
In the final match of the night, Baldwin was again swept, as it lost to the state-qualifying Cardinals team from a year ago. Baldwin lost 25-12 and 25-7.
"Eudora is a great team," Brown said. "They have a very solid team and everybody knows that."
Brown was glad to see her team play well at the beginning of the night, especially with passing the ball.
"We played great in the beginning," Brown said. "We came out very strong and very fluid. Our passing was great. The competition got harder as the night went on and there are a lot of things we still need to work on as a team."
Both Brown and Tucker know the team has a few things to work on before its next contest.
"We are going to work on our offense," Brown said. "We are going to keep getting stronger offensively. I think we need to work on getting our passing up off the net. The other teams got a lot of hits off of that. We need to get our hits in, too."
Brown agreed about improving the offense.
"I think we are a strong team," Brown said. "I think we need to work on our offense. Defensively, we are sound."
The Bulldogs next play at 5 p.m. Sept. 7 in Tonganoxie. Then they host the Baldwin Invitational Tournament on Sept. 9.