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Patriots upset boys' varsity volleyball

Blazer lose season opener to Wootton, 3-2

By Janvi Raichura, Online News Editor
March 22, 2012
NELSON H. KOBREN GYMNASIUM, March 21

The boys’ varsity volleyball team fell to the Wootton Patriots in the season opener by a final score of 25-21, 25-21, 23-25, 18-25 and 17-19. Although the Blazers took the first two sets, they grew comfortable with their lead which ultimately led to their defeat.

Senior Eric Huang returns a serve. Enoch Hsiao
Senior Eric Huang returns a serve.
Prior to the game, junior co-captain Ricci Huang was nervous but ready to uphold the teams title of County Champions. "[Being County Champs] definitely puts more pressure on us, but I think we can do it," he said.

The Blazers opened up the game aggressively and won the first two sets by scores of 25-21. However, the Patriots weren’t giving up and brought a new fire to the third set. Pulling ahead by a score of 11-16 in the third set, the Patriots were setting themselves up for the win.

Although head coach Chris Liang was proud of the boys and the level of intensity they brought to the court, he was disappointed by their inability to close the game out. "We let up too soon, we won the first two and then the last two we really let up," he said.

In the third set, the Blazers were able to come back and tie the score at 16-16; however they weren't able to keep that streak going. The Patriots increased the intensity of their kills and the Blazers were unable to match that intensity in their own kills. This contributed to their loss in the third set by a score of 23-25.

Junior co-captain William Cai serves the ball. Enoch Hsiao
Junior co-captain William Cai serves the ball.
The final set was the most suspenseful set all night. The Blazers and Patriots were neck and neck the entire set, bringing the crowd to their feet and cheering for every point, but the Blazers were unable to block the final kill and Blair bumped the ball out of bounds.

Senior co-captain Andy Zhang was impressed with the way the team came together and put up a strong fight. "Even though in the beginning we weren't passing that well, at the end we really picked it up and we had a lot of intensity," he said.

Huang believed that this game will prove to be a great learning experience for the team. "It sucks to lose but we did really well tonight. Now we know what to work on in practice," he said. "They played very well and they pretty much demonstrated that they are willing to push for every point," Liang said.

Looking back on the team's overall playing today, Huang is optimistic about the team's future. "I like the start, I wish we'd won but it's still a good start and we're definitely winning everything from here on out," he said.

The varsity boys volleyball team will play their next home game on Monday, March 26 against Einstein at 5:15 p.m.

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