Bulldogs struggle at Wellsville, fall to Cardinals
A disappointing finish Saturday at the Wellsville Tournament might have carried over to Tuesday for the Baldwin High School volleyball squad.
Heading into Saturday, the Bulldogs were 7-7 on the season. After Tuesday’s loss at Eudora, they fell to 8-11.
“We are usually always prepared to beat Eudora,” coach Kelly Brown said. “Tonight, there wasn’t that fire.”
Baldwin fell in three games to drop its fourth Frontier League contest of the season. Eudora won 25-17, 25-22 and 25-17 to sweep the match.
“As a whole tonight, they all admittedly said they didn’t come with the fire to play,” she said. “When you can walk out of a match with your head up and say that, then what can you do as a coach? If you’re not mentally prepared when you step into a match, then you won’t be ready to play.”
On Saturday, the Bulldogs started the day with a victory. They fell to Anderson County in the opening game, 25-22, but rallied to win the next two. BHS won 25-20 and 25-18 to win its first match of the day.
Baldwin faced Osage City in its second pool play match. Osage City finished 4-0 in the pool, but Baldwin played them close. The scores were 25-22 and 25-23 with Osage City winning.
The Bulldogs struggled in their next match, which was against Wellsville. The Bulldogs beat the Eagles in September at the Baldwin Invitational, but lost in three games Saturday. Wellsville won 25-21, 23-25 and 26-24.
“We did some great things on Saturday,” Brown said. “Then in the afternoon, we completely fell apart mentally.”
Despite the loss, the Bulldogs had a chance to earn finish second in their pool and qualify for the semifinals. They needed help and received it when Anderson County beat Wellsville. If the Bulldogs could beat Waverly, they were in the semifinals.
Baldwin won the opening game 25-20 and looked like it might be moving on to the next round. However, Waverly won the next two games, 25-22 and 25-19 to win the match.
“The girls were aware of that and a lot of fans were aware of the fact that if we won we were into the bracket round,” Brown said. “We won the first game out, but then we couldn't finish. Our defense shut down on us and our leadership broke down on us. We lacked communication on the court.”
BHS will be the host of Bishop Miege and Topeka Seaman at 5 p.m. today in the BHS gym. It is a Dig Pink night to support finding a cure for breast cancer. There will be a silent auction and other prizes given during the night. The Bulldogs are asking everyone in attendance wear pink to the games, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and in support of BHS volleyball.
Baldwin will also play at the De Soto Spikefest Saturday and at De Soto for a league game Tuesday.
“Every week from here on out is busy,” Brown said. “The girls are excited about Thursday night.”
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