Baldwin volleyball team on a roll
The Baldwin volleyball team began what is its most difficult week of the season on a positive note Tuesday, defeating Frontier League foe Eudora on the road, 22-25, 25-21, 25-20, 25-21.
“It was a great league win for use after losing to them in the first quad of the season,” coach Jill Brown said. “We attacked the ball very well tonight. As a team, we had 50 kills and only eight errors for a hitting efficiency of .420. Our middle hitters were very effective throughout the match for a combined 23 kills with only one error and a hitting efficiency of .536.”
Morgan Lober had 13 kills in the match, and Alexia Stein had 10. They were aided in the job, as Katie Pattrick and Corey Valentine did a great job getting them the ball in attacking position, Brown said. Katie Kehl had eight kills against one error, and Jordan Hoffman had 11 kills and four errors.
“We also had a couple of players step up into new roles and do a nice job,” Brown said. “Brooke Randels came in and served well, including an ace, and Maddie Ogle had three blocks.”
The team’s improved play started after a disappointing start Saturday at the Wellsville tournament. The Bulldogs won their last two matches after starting the day 0-2 in pool play.
“We didn’t start the day off very well, so it was nice to end the day with a couple of wins,” Brown said. “We made too many unforced errors. We had more serving errors than aces and about as many blocking errors as we had blocks. Even our attacking, which is usually our strength, struggled.”
In the team’s defense, it lost in pool play to West Franklin (22-25, 25-12, 19-25) and Santa Fe Trail (15-25, 17-25), the two teams who would later play for the tournament championship.
Once out of pool play, the Bulldogs easily disposed of Osage City (25-18, 25-20) and Anderson County (25-23, 25-20).
Brown said two bright spots on the day were Madeline McCrary’s defense and Lober’s offense. Lober had 28 kills with eight errors, for a hitting efficiency of .310.
After Tuesday victory at Eudora, the team’s record stands at 12-12. The Bulldogs are 2-3 in league play.
The team travels today to Bishop Miege, one of the top 5A volleyball programs in the state, for a triangular that includes Topeka Seamen. The team is in action again Saturday at the De Soto Spikefest Tournament.