BJHS volleyball teams improving; seventh-grade squad wins trophy
The Baldwin Junior High School volleyball teams have posted several wins and a tournament trophy in the past week.
On Saturday, the seventh-grade varsity volleyball team brought home the third-place trophy from the Eudora Tournament. The squad went 2-1 in pool play with a win over Tonganoxie (25-9, 25-22), a loss to Osawatomie (25-24, 24-19) and a win against Spring Hill (25-21, 25-23).
There was a three-way tie in Baldwin's pool, so the Bulldogs would face Clark Middle School, located in Bonner Springs, in the third-place contest. BJHS had a strong showing against Clark and won 25-14, 25-9.
"This tournament comes up really fast in our season," said Coach Danielle Balsman. "But these seventh graders (now 5-3 on the season) proved that that wasn't an issue. We played well all day, focusing on communication and passing."
The team had a strong day of serving as Balsman cited Taylor Cawley, Quinna Lund and Morgan Rickey for their efforts in that category.
"I am excited to see what this team will be able to accomplish by the time our league tournament rolls around in October," she said.
On Monday, the Bulldogs faced the teams from Wheatridge with the eighth-graders hosting the Mustangs and the seventh-grade team traveling to Gardner.
The eighth-grade junior varsity (2-4) dropped two closely-contested matches to Wheatridge (25-15, 22-25, 25-22) and (25-24, 9-25, 25-17). Leading the Bulldogs in serving was Mackenzie Russell, who served 94 percent, going 15-17 in both matches, while Katie Behrens went 21-23 from the service line for 91 percent.
In varsity action, the Bulldogs (2-4) lost a tight 25-22, 25-20 contest in the first match, but showed improved intensity and won the second match in a third-game tiebreaker (21-25, 25-10, 25-23). Kelsey Kehl posted her best night of the season statistically as she led the team in serving (95 percent), in kills (5) and blocks (3). Fayth Peterson led the team with eight service aces and Kylee Bremer added five aces.
"I feel we are passing better now as a team than when we started the season," said coach Brenda Shawley. "We still have lapses of not communicating with each other at times, but these girls have tons of potential and I know that they'll improve each and every time we play."
The seventh-grade junior varsity moved to 3-3 for the season as they dropped a pair of matches at Wheatridge (25-22, 25-7) and (25-20, 25-20). The seventh-grade varsity squad won both matches against the Mustangs (25-19, 25-19) and (25-3, 25-20). In the second match Kinley Burton served 24 straight points to lead the Bulldogs. The victories moves the team to 7-3 overall.
Next action for BJHS is Monday as the eighth-grade teams host Ottawa and the seventh-grade teams travel to Ottawa. All contests will begin at 4 pm.