Baldwin High School volleyball team falls short in bid to return to state
The Baldwin High School volleyball team went out swinging in Saturday’s 4A Division II sub-state at Santa Fe Trails.
The Bulldogs were seeded fourth in the four-team tournament and drew top-seeded Burlington in the first round. But as Baldwin coach Jill Brown pointed out, the Bulldogs’ record was a bit deceiving.
“We knew our tough schedule, which included seven top-ranked teams in 4A Div I and 5A, would be in our favor,” she said.
That and her team’s continued commitment to improve showed up in the match against the 25-9 Burlington team, Brown said. The Bulldogs were aggressive and strong in upsetting the No. 1 seed, she said.
“In the Burlington match, Kelsey Kehl was aggressive at the net with seven kills and the stuff blocks,” the coach said. “She also led the team with a 2.3 serve receive rating and added 10 digs as well. Sydney Bergan passed the ball well with a 2.2 serve receive rating and had 10 digs. McKinley Markley led the team in digs with 12, to go along with six assists.
The upset set up a match between Baldwin and the regional host, Santa Fe Trail. Baldwin fell in a tight first set, 22-25 before bouncing back to claim the second set 25-23.
“We jumped on them in the second set and led by as much as nine points,” Brown said. “They got on a bit of a roll, which led to us getting a little tight, before we finally won the set 25-23. They were able to carry the momentum of that comeback, into set three, defeating us 14-25.”
Emma Burnett had 14 kills, hitting .290 in the match, as well as 10 assists.
Kehl led the team with 19 digs to go along with seven kills. Markley served well in the match with three three aces and no errors and had 12 assists and seven digs in the match.
Brown said she learned Monday Burnett has been selected to play in the MOKAN all-star match. She will play in the small school match at 5 p.m. Nov. 15 at Avila University.