Massapequa, Eastport-SM shine in LIC
Hofstra University – It was all Massapequa on Saturday afternoon, as the Chiefs took out Lindenhurst in three straight games to take home the Boys Volleyball Class A Long Island Championship.
In Game One, Steven Woessner’s 4 kills and 4 digs led Massapequa as the Chiefs dominated on both sides of the ball and grabbed a 25-15 win.
In the pivotal Game Two, these two very strong clubs battled the whole way through. The game was tied or within a few points for most of the game, until the Bulldogs went on a run that saw them overtake a 14-13 defecit and turn it into a 17-16 advantage. However, when Massapequa Head Coach Steve Mariano called a timeout to get his team back in order that was when the Chiefs got back to business. His squad would slam home the first point after the break to tie the game at 17. From there, behind the sensational play of Christopher Husmann, Massapequa earned the Game Two victory, 25-21, and a strangle-hold on this contest, two games to none.
The third game was a lot like the second, a very hotly contested match-up of two competitors fighting for every point. However, it seemed like the Chiefs could smell the victory and they would not let this one go. Massapequa finished in fine style as they completed the sweep, winning 25-19 in game three, and earning their first Long Island Championship, 3-0.
For the match Massapequa was led by Woessner’s 9 kills, 13 digs, and 3 blocks as well as Husmann’s 16 kills, 10 digs, and 7 blocks.
The Chiefs will head up to Cicero-North Syracuse High School next Saturday where they will enter Pool Play and hope to play for the New York State Championship.
Eastport-South Manor grabs Class B Long Island Championship
Following the exciting Class A, was perhaps the equally as exciting Class B Long Island Championship. The Sharks of Eastport-South Manor High School were able to win and move up to states with a 3-0 victory over Nassau County champion Floral Park.
Eastport was led by John Bohnenblusch’s 15 kills, 19 digs, and 3 aces, but no one on the floor was perhaps as valuable as Joey Tuttle. John Tuttle, libero for the Sharks, had 38 digs on the afternoon and multiple saves for his team in ways an acrobat would be proud.
Eastport-South Manor will follow Massapequa up to Cicero-North Syracuse High School where they will look to keep their season going against the best the state of New York has to offer.
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