Bulldogs winless at league tournament
Eudora The Baldwin High School volleyball team had a rough go of things here Saturday in the Frontier League tournament.
The Bulldogs were beaten in all six matches to finish in eighth place. It wasn’t quite the results coach Kelly Brown was hoping for.
“We started out really well on Saturday and the girls were playing hard,” Brown said. “We started off taking Eudora to three games. By the end of the day, I think they had defeated themselves.”
Baldwin began the day with two close games against Spring Hill, but lost 25-21 and 25-23. BHS followed that up by taking Eudora to three games. However, once again the Bulldogs would lose. The scores were 26-24, 25-23 and 25-18.
Baldwin’s last match in pool play was against the Paola Panthers. BHS lost 25-10 in both games.
In bracket play, BHS played Louisburg and nearly won both games. The Wildcats won both, 25-20 and 25-21. The final match of the day was a rematch against the Broncos. However, this one wasn’t as close as Spring Hill won 25-19 and 25-5.
“We had some mental lapses throughout the day,” Brown said. “The girls are sticking it out. I think it’s that point in the season where the girls are wanting to win and we are right there, but we aren’t making the full turn.”
Although the Bulldogs are struggling to win matches, there was one positive that came out of the weekend. Senior Olivia Catloth and sophomore Ramie Burkhart each went over 100 kills for the season. Burkhart has 125 and Catloth has 112.
“I’m happy with that,” Brown said. “Our offense has improved. For a player to have 100 kills is all right, but some girls on other league schools have more than 200 or 300. I’m pretty happy we had girls get over that 100 mark, because that was a goal of ours.”
Baldwin will play its Class 4A regional Saturday at Paola. BHS will face No. 1 seed Saint James Academy at 2 p.m.
“If we play to the best of our ability, we could make it an interesting game,” Brown said. “I’m realistic, though. Going up against a team that only has one loss, it’s hard to get the girls in the right mindset. I believe in Cinderella, but I also believe in numbers.”