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Behind stellar ball control, sharp defense and ferocious hitting, Connetquot won the Class AA girls volleyball state championship, beating Pine Bush in straight sets Sunday at the Glens Falls Civic Center.
Glenn's Grace Cergol and Alexis Groark each had 15 kills and were named to the All-Tournament team. Cergol also had 21 digs. Camryn Ackley had 22 digs, and Mia Cergol had 29 assists.
The Knights went 4-2 to finish second in pool play Saturday and earn a date with Owego in the state Class B championship, which will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Glens Falls Civic Center.
The T-Birds were hot from the start, sweeping Clarence (25-11, 25-14) and Pine Bush (25-18, 25-21). Connetquot had already clinched a spot in the finals before even stepping on the court to play Shenendehowa in the last match of pool play.
Kings Park put on an all-around show Saturday in the Long Island Class A girls volleyball championship against Wantagh at Suffolk CC-Brentwood, winning in straight sets behind offense from Jaclyn Wilton and defense by Meagan Murphy.
Connetquot's Nicole Migliozzi was lost for words Saturday after her team beat Massapequa, which entered as the defending Long Island Class AA girls volleyball champion.
The Thunderbirds overcame an 8-2 deficit in the third set to take a 16-15 lead after Katie Von Kampen's block landed just inside the line. Mackenzie Taylor's kill off a one-handed dig by Cole opened a 20-17 advantage. A kill by Cassandra Patsos and an ace by Taylor gave Connetquot a second straight title.
She led No. 2 Kings Park to a statement win in straight sets over No. 1 Westhampton at Brentwood's Suffolk Community College campus Thursday night. Kings Park lost to Westhampton earlier in the season.
No. 3 Smithtown East had the No. 2 Patriots facing elimination, leading entering the fourth set, but Ward Melville rallied for a 25-21, 21-25, 20-25, 25-23, 25-14 victory to advance to the county final.
Katie Von Kampen, one of the Thunderbirds' two seniors, had 11 kills and nine blocks to lead No. 1 Connetquot over No. 4 Smithtown West in a Suffolk Class AA semifinal. Nicole Migliozzi had 34 assists, Cassandra Patsos had 10 kills and eight blocks, Mackenzie Cole had 13 digs and her sister Taylor had four aces for the Thunderbirds, who won, 25-8, 25-22, 25-15.
The Indians won their 12th straight Suffolk Class D girls volleyball title Monday night at Brentwood's Suffolk Community College campus, defeating Pierson in straight sets on the strength of their serving.
Jessica Hastings led the way as Wheatley defeated Carle Place 3-0 (25-16, 25-13, 28-26) in the Nassau Class C title, notching the program's first-ever county title.
Carle Place and Wheatley face off with a championship on the line in the Nassau Class C title game, Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. on #MSGV_Live.
These two teams know each other well. Plainview JFK and Massapequa face off for the third time this season, this time with a Nassau County title on the line, Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. on #MSGV_Live.
These two teams know each other well. Babylon and Mattituck have faced off in each of the last two Suffolk Class C finals and now both squads meet once again, determined to keep their respective seasons alive Monday at 7:30 p.m. on #MSGV_Live.
Smith, who had 12 kills, six assists and four blocks, led a fast-paced attack that frequently caught Plainview (11-2) off guard. The simple formula? Win the point, receive the ball and get back to attacking as quickly as possible.
While her teammates go through their drills, she stretches individually because of lupus, a condition she said was diagnosed during the summer of 2014. Baxter frequently experiences stiffness in her hips and back, preventing her from having a full range of motion at times. She said it feels like she's stuck.