GENERAL: Skilled athlete with a compact, powerful swing...Adds additional size to the front row and is a perfect complement to attack...Great blocker...Helps fortify on-net defense...Hard worker with a great attitude...Outstanding student...Left handed.
2009: MAAC All-Academic Team selection...Played in 10 matches and 21 sets...Tallied five blocks, three kills, four digs and six assists.
2008: Appeared in 22 matches and 49 sets...Posted a .213 attack percentage...Averaged .59 kills and .31 blocks per set...Recorded season-high six kills and added two blocks at Hofstra (8/30)...Had two kills and two blocks in just one set played in season finale' against Saint Peter's (11/16).
2007: Played in 26 matches and 62 sets...Averaged .92 kills per set and posted a .115 attack percentage...Started season strong...Posted season high nine kills in just 16 attacks (.438) in win over San Diego State (9/1)...Killed three of five attacks against Ball State (9/1)...Collected four kills in wins over Cornell (9/8), Bucknell (9/8) and Fairfield (9/15)...Had three kills and no errors in win at Canisius (11/3).
PERSONAL/COMMUNITY: Born January 17, 1989 in Rochester, N.Y....Played for same club team as 2006-2007 Siena College Female Student-Athlete of the Year Christie Gustafson '07...Enters the year with a 3.78 cumulative GPA as an English major...Lists horseback riding, reading, creative writing and working out as outside interests... Chose Siena because of its academic and athletic reputation and friendly environment...Volunteered at local Equicenter riding center since 2005...Has a younger sister, Morgan...Daughter of Robert and Sonja Atkins.
BEFORE SIENA: Lettered for three years on the right side at Pittsford Sutherland...Member of 2006 Empire State Games Gold Medal Team...Named New York State Section V Class A MVP as a junior...Team won Section V Class B title her sophomore year and Section V Class A title her junior year...Named First Team All-New York State as a junior and First Team All-Monroe County as a junior and senior.
PIERRE ON ATKINS: "Blair has improved her swing speed quite a bit and that should help her get on the court. She needs to work on her setting now, because in her position she needs to set. Her defense has improved dramatically since she has been with us."
GETTING TO KNOW BLAIR ATKINS
The best thing I did this summer was: Went to California to see my family
What I like most about Siena volleyball: The laughs we have along the way
What I like most about Siena College: The people
My best Siena volleyball moment has been: Winning the MAAC my freshman and sophomore year
If I didn't play volleyball, I would: Still be horseback riding
The player on the team who I relate to best is: Brittany Lintelman
My favorite TV show is: Keeping Up With the Kardashians
My favorite artist (musical) is: Dave Matthews Band
My favorite professional athlete is: Roger Federer
My favorite website is: Facebook
My favorite flavor of ice cream: Panda Paws
Other sports I like to follow at Siena include: Women's cross-country because my housemate is on the team
The funniest player on the team is: Brennan
If I could travel anywhere in the world, I would go to: Croatia