HARRISON — Last year, Blind Brook was numerically the biggest upset victim of the Section 1 tournament. This season, the unbeaten Trojans do not intend to relive that early exit.
“I think we can make it all the way to (the final) and possibly win sectionals,” said junior Lindsey Kim after a 25-21, 25-23, 25-18 win at Harrison on Thursday. “This year, we’re really going to show what we’re made of.”
Blind Brook went into the postseason seeded second this past October and fell to No. 7 Croton-Harmon in the Class C quarterfinals.
Kim led all players Thursday with 17 kills and five aces, while adding 10 digs to her stat line for the Trojans. Her sister, Katelyn, added seven kills and seven digs.
Maxine Lieblich had 12 kills and 10 digs to pace the Huskies, who, despite the score, had every opportunity to win the match. Harrison led 10-5 in the opening game, and had the score tied at 20-20 before the Trojans pulled away. The Huskies then opened Game 2 with a 16-10 lead before quickly relinquishing the lead.
“I was really proud of them,” Harrison coach Candy Light said. “They played really well, they’re a very young group, and they … did all the things we’ve been trying to get them to do. So, I was very proud. I know they got up, they didn’t finish, but they’re young, and I think that comes with feeling stronger about themselves and a little more maturity.”
Harrison (4-3), which won back-to-back Class A section titles in 2010 and 2011, has already doubled its win total from a bumpy rebuilding campaign last year. Light has no players left from those dynamic teams years ago.
While the Huskies are in the process of building their program back up, the Trojans may have reached the plateau of a rebuilding phase. A team that posted a losing record two years ago, Blind Brook went 13-4 last year, and are currently undefeated thus far in the year.
Despite a 7-0 start to the season, Trojans coach Justin Goldstein thinks more can be done.
“I think we played very sloppy; if you saw us play against Albertus Magnus last week and compare it to today, you would’ve seen two different teams,” Goldstein said. “We were tired, they weren’t moving to the ball — not Blind Brook volleyball.”
Thursday, September 26
Blind Brook 3, Harrison 0
Valhalla 3, Hamilton 0
Ossining 3, Port Chester 0
Yorktown 3, Lakeland 0
Albertus Magnus 3, Pearl River 1
John Jay 3, Mahopac 0
Beacon 3, Peekskill 2
Pawling 3, North Salem 0
Byram Hills 3, Westlake 1
Arlington 3, Hen Hud 2
Zacchio’s prediction record this season: 137-40