Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Washburn Rural Looking to Add to Proud 6A Volleyball Tradition

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Washburn Rural Looking to Add to Proud 6A Volleyball Tradition

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Washburn Rural's volleyball team is a glossy 35-5 on the season and the No. 2 seed for this weekend's Class 6A tournament at Landon Arena.

And after several three-set losses earlier in the year, Kevin Bordewick's Junior Blues appear to be peaking at the right time heading into Friday's pool play.

"I think we've learned a lot from those losses," Bordewick said. "We've only lost once over the last three weeks, maybe four weeks, and that was a three-set loss to Manhattan. In those losses I don't think we trusted each other quite as much and I think we do that a lot better now. I think we've also learned our roles more but quite frankly it's just about competing through the whole thing. We can't afford any mental letdowns."

After a brief one-year absence Washburn Rural is back at state this year and has a tradition-rich history in the event, winning seven state championships under Bordewick, who eclipsed the 800-win mark early this fall. The Junior Blues have posted 15 top-four state finishes under Bordewick, who is in his 23rd season as Rural's head coach.

Senior Dani Dodge, juniors Carly Bachelor and Shelby Ebert and sophomore Macy DeLeye have all turned in solid seasons for the Junior Blues, who Bordewick thinks can be in the title hunt along with several other teams.

"I think people probably look at Olathe Northwest and Blue Valley West as the top two teams because Blue Valley West won it two years ago and Northwest is the defending champion and they've sustained their success and had really good seasons since then," Bordewick said. "They both played for the championship last year and Blue Valley West got second. I think people probably look at them but people who know teams know that Manhattan is just as dangerous as you can possibly get. They're just loaded and really good and Blue Valley North's really good.

"I think this is one of the few years that you could say that it might be wide open. …

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