Bel Air solves Fallston, defends tournament title

Harford County boys volleyball

High Schools

October 30, 2003|By Jeff Zrebiec | Jeff Zrebiec,SUN STAFF

The Bel Air boys volleyball team finally put it all together against Fallston on the night coach Larry Tsomos said the Bobcats would all along.

After two regular-season losses to the Cougars, the Bobcats took two straight games from their rival to capture their second consecutive Harford County tournament championship last night at Fallston.

The Bobcats also lost to Fallston yesterday in the semifinals of the double-elimination, seven-team tournament in which matches were decided in a one-game, first-to-25-points format.

But the teams met again in the final, with Bel Air needing to beat the Cougars twice to stay alive. The Bobcats did just that, taking a 25-22 victory in the first game and a 25-20 win in the second.

Bel Air (8-2 overall, 5-1 league) was the second seed in the tournament, while regular-season champ Fallston (12-1, 6-0) was the top seed.

"When we lost to them on Oct. 2, I told them I didn't care what happens before, but on Oct. 29, we would not lose to them in the finals," said Tsomos, whose team beat North Harford, 25-23, in the semifinals.

With Mike Simon helping Fallston to a lead early in the second game, Bobcats senior Matt Hofherr took over, getting two straight blocks and then a kill off a set from Kevin Wieczynski to tie the game at 13.

A five-point run on the serve of senior Jorgen Eliason then broke the game open for Bel Air, which took the match on a tip from David Godwin down the line.

"When [Tsomos] sat us down and told us that we wouldn't lose to them in the finals, we practiced harder," said Eliason. "Not winning the regular-season championship and coming back and beating them on their home floor, that makes this an even better feeling."

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