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BHS volleyball squad nets three all-league players

November 10, 2011

A trio of Baldwin High School volleyball players were recently honored by the Frontier League for their success this fall.

Senior Kaysha Green led the Bulldogs with a second-team all-league selection. It was the highest honor for her during her four years at BHS.

Senior Madeline Brungardt and freshman Jordan Hoffman were both named honorable-mention all-league.

“I'm very proud of our girls and how hard they worked,” coach Kelly Brown said. “They all deserve the recognition. Our league is tough and it's great for them to be honored.”

The Bulldogs finished the season in the first round of the Class 4A regional tournament. They lost in two games to Paola, 25-18 and 25-23. The Panthers were the No. 1 seed in the tournament.

“We played really well,” Brown said. “I got a lot of compliments from the Paola coach and they ended up in the championship match. She said we were the best No. 8 seed she's ever seen. We definitely kept Paola on its toes.”

After losing the first game, Baldwin fought point for point with Paola in the second game. It was back-and-forth until the final points.

“We were down a lot early, but we came back and tied it 10-10,” Brown said. “After that, we traded every other point. It was very close and the girls played well.”

Although the Bulldogs didn't manage as many wins this season as they did a year ago, their coach was still happy with her team.

“We definitely had a competitive season,” Brown said. “The girls continued to fight every night. We were a fairly young team and we relied on some very young girls in some key positions. Eventually those young girls will turn this program around.”

Baldwin lost its top two hitters from last fall. BHS played five seniors, one junior and a handful of underclassman all season.

The Bulldogs will return seven players next year who saw varsity minutes this fall.

“There are definitely strengths in numbers when you talk about the youth of the team,” Brown said. “Everybody performed well and everybody improved throughout the season. The good thing they have on their side is they are young and talented.”

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