OCTOBER 9, NELSON H. KOBREN MEMORIAL GYMNASIUM-
The Blazers beat Einstein High School with scores of 15-10, 16-14 and 15-10 in the first of the best-of-five matches which will continue for the rest of the season.
Blair showed its capabilities in all three games but lacked consistency, putting 11 points on the board before Einstein's first in game one, then allowing Einstein to fight back. Conversely, Einstein scored eight before Blair's first point in game two, which forced Blair to overcome a large deficit. "We don't finish teams off," said Coach Jamie Franck, adding that a good lead seems to relax the Blazers into sloppy play.
The Blazers were able to come back to win an unusually long game, ending with 65 total serves and Blair utilizing all 18 substitutions available. Though the third set was dominated by the Blazers in a quick victory with few sideouts, or changes in possession, the three-game match lasted 93 minutes.
Sophomores Simone Viger and Rebecca Cho were called up from junior varsity to play in this match. Part of the reason they were called up was to put pressure on the current varsity players, some of whom have been playing "content," as if just being on varsity was sufficient, according to Franck.
The game against Walter Johnson High School which was postponed due to the national tragedy has been rescheduled for Monday, October 15, at Blair at 4:30 p.m.
Franck has decided not to pursue a protest in the controversial Magruder game. Franck said that even a reversed decision would not be worth the trouble because Blair has already lost two division matches since that game and the division standings are only important for the very top teams, which receive byes and good seeds in the tournament at the end of the season.
Ben Meiselman. Ben Meiselman is a senior in the Communication Arts Program at Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, Maryland. He enjoys playing sports, especially baseball. Ben is seventeen years old, born May 16, 1985. He has played the trumpet since fourth grade when he began … More »