|High School Volleyball:
Fairlawn Captures Viking Invitational
Saturday, April 13, 2002
By John Daglian
The 7th annual Viking invitational Boys Volleyball tournament was held at Eastern High School. This tournament normally features several of the top schools in the state. This year was no exception as 7 of the top 15 schools attended. The first pool consisted of Eastern (#4), Fairlawn (#2), Cherry Hill West, Wayne Hills (#6) and West Windsor South. The second pool contained Cherry Hill East (#9), East Brunswick (#8), Bridgewater (#15), St. Peters (#11) and Hackensack.
The quarterfinals pitted the 2nd place team of each pool against the other pools 3rd place team. This would be a single game to 15 points with a 30-minute time limit. The first quarterfinal saw Wayne Hills advance over Hackensack by a 15 - 9 score. However, the 2nd quarterfinal needed almost the entire 30 minutes before Eastern edged Cherry Hill East 16 - 14. This would be the first time the Eastern Boys team had ever captured even a game off of Cherry Hill East. This one didn't come easy as they had to rally from an 11 - 14 deficit before earning the win.
The semi-finals featured Eastern against East Brunswick and Wayne Hills against Fairlawn. These matches would be a single 21-point game. In the first semi, Eastern took control early and were able to withstand a furious East Brunswick rally, capturing the game 21 - 17. The second semi saw Fairlawn take command at the net and maintain a comfortable 5 to 6 point margin throughout the contest. They advanced over Wayne Hills by a 21 - 15 score.
The final would again be a single game to 21 points. This game showed a team on a mission as Fairlawn took control early and showed no signs of giving any openings to Eastern. Eastern was unable to mount an effective attack and could not find a way to stop Fairlawn's attack. The end of a very entertaining day saw Fairlawn capture the Viking invitational 21 - 9 over Eastern.
This bodes well for Fairlawn as every tournament winner has at least made the finals of the state tournament.
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