The News of The Blake School Since 1916

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The News of The Blake School Since 1916

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The News of The Blake School Since 1916

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Volleyball Settles Historic Rivalry

Breck rivalry straightened out
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Players celebrate in a huddle after winning a thrilling rally.

Blake Bears Prevail Over Breck Mustangs: The Rivalry Continues. Who is better: Blake or Breck? Many delusional people would claim Breck. On Thursday, Sept. 28th, in the heated battle between the Bears and the Mustangs, this debate was settled on the volleyball court. Before the match, volleyball super-fan Izzy Duncan ‘26 predicted the score as a “6-0 Blake win.”  Going into the night of the match, tensions were high. The atmosphere in the gym was electric. The fans were rowdy. When asked how the atmosphere of the game was, Ryan Lee ‘26 described it as “one of the most atmospheric places I have been all week.” There were students, friends, family, and even teachers, such as English teacher Anna Reid and Science Teacher Janet Williams, all gathered for the viewing of this great exhibition of Blake athletic talent. 

The scoring in volleyball works like this: The game is decided by whichever team reaches 3 sets first. Sets go to 25 points, and you must win by 2 points. In the first set, the Bears were down 24-21, meaning the Mustangs had game point, but the Bears came roaring back to win the first set, 26-24. The second set was challenging for the Bears. It ended 19-25, making the score 1-1. The loss ignited a flame for the bears to dominate Breck in the third. With the motivation from the previous set, Blake made Breck fans weep by winning the third set 25-12, setting the tone for the fourth set. Entering the set 2-1, Blake came packing heat because if they won this upcoming set, it would result in another win for the magnificent Bears. After a back-and-forth set, Blake managed to get a quick lead. The score is 24 -19, with Breck winning the previous point and serving. 

Anticipation was at an all time high. The Breck serve was in, and #5 Sarah Lin ‘28 passed it to #4 Phoebe Abbs ‘26, who set it behind her. Captain #9 Catherine Lin ‘25 runs, jumps, and hits the ball. The ball hit Breck’s block and dropped to the ground, cementing another great Bear win against the Ponies. The gym roared with cheers and applause, and the Mustangs were silent. The night was full of joy and laughter as well as weeps and tears from the Breck players. Looking closely at individual stats during the game, Charlotte Hackett ‘26 led the Bears in digs, keeping the ball alive, while Catherine Lin led the team in kills, scoring ten. 

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