Lahser Spikes Down Men’s Volleyball
By Julia Lee A row of photos of the girl’s varsity volleyball team is pasted on top center of Lahser’s gymnasium, but nobody ever questions why there is no row of the boy’s varsity volley ball team. It’s not only because Lahser hasn’t had a boy’s volleyball team since who knows when, but no one especially cares or really wants a boys’ volleyball team at Lahser. Volleyball, a popular sport amongst girls in high school is most definitely not a sport geared only for girls. Boy’s volleyball exists as a high school sport in many states like Ohio and Arizona, and men’s volleyball goes as far as the Olympics. However, volleyball is not appreciated enough by boys at Lahser high school to establish a separate team for boys. Because of the reputation of volleyball existing wholly as an all girl’s sport at Lahser, it’s no wonder any boys are interested in forming a boy’s volleyball team. Vol leyball at Lahser is shown as a “girl’s” sport, not some macho man, tough sport with tackling and rough play.
Nevertheless, there are cases in some states where a controversy occurs when a boy wants to play for his high school volleyball team- an all girl’s team. Jenson Daniel, a se nior at Yonkers High School in New York, for example, fights to play on the school’s volley ball team, which is an all-girl’s team. Daniel was tal<en out of all games when the state de cided that he was too strong to play. Daniel thinks the situa tion as highly unfair, especially because he is hoping to gain scholarships with volleyball.
Lahser has never had a situation like Daniel’s, but if we ever do (although highly unlikely), it is only fair for boys to play volleyball on the all-girl’s team. When it comes to opportunities like scholar ships with sports, no students should have that chance taken away because the school fails to have a boy’s team. If Lahser allows girls to try out for the football team, and boys to tr y out for the cheerleading team, why not let boys join the volleyball team? Although chances are that simply no boys are interested, Lahser should not act too fast in spiking down the idea of a boy on the “girl’s” volleyball team all too soon.