Longhorns v-ball hosts Olathe at homecoming
When the Basalt High girls volleyball team hosts Olathe tonight at 6 p.m. for its homecoming match, the Lady Longhorns will be pining for a much-needed victory.Basalt, which finished last season in a three-way tie for the Class 3A Western Slope League title, has had time early this season. While the team is 7-3 overall, the ‘Horns are 2-3 in league play.”It’s a young team and I think we’re playing at our level,” said Basalt coach Billy Miller. “The girls are working on playing above their level.””We’ve pretty much got a sophomore starting lineup, and I think this year’s going to be a little tougher since we’re playing against a lot of seniors.”Sophomores Bailey Holmes and Cassie Meyer are two of the Longhorns’ top guns, along with freshman phenom Dayne Toney, who has 24 kills on 71 attempts this season.”That’s a kill-percentage of 21 percent,” said Miller, “which is very good. She doesn’t hit very hard, not yet, but she finds the ground. And she doesn’t see a lot of blocks.”Looking at the Olathe squad, Miller said Basalt will be confident taking the court tonight for the homecoming crowd.”After losing to Cedaredge and Roaring Fork, the girls got pretty pumped up. I have a feeling they’re just going to go all out. It should be a fun match. We’re pretty confident.”Freshmen and JV matches precede the varsity main event at 3:30 and 4:30 p.m., respectively.