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Glenn's Malusa named MVP of class B state tournament

John Glenn's Jacklyn Malusa with the smash during

John Glenn's Jacklyn Malusa with the smash during the New York State Public High School Athletic Association State Tournament B Regional with John Glenn win over Johnstown. (Nov. 17, 2012) (Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy)

Glens Falls, N.Y. -- Glenn’s second consecutive class B girls volleyball state championship likely doesn’t happen without senior middle hitter Jackie Malusa.

Malusa led Glenn with 19 kills, 13 digs and a block in its 25-13, 25-13, 25-15 sweep of Skaneateles in the championship match, Sunday, and finished the tournament with 44 kills, 25 digs, six blocks and five aces in nine games to earn the class B most valuable player award.

“I’m so proud of everything we all accomplished together and I’m so happy to be tournament MVP,” Malusa said. “I put so much effort into all of this and I’m so happy it paid off.”

Added Glenn coach Kevin Harrington: “There’s no way we do what we do without her. In my mind she’s one of the three best players on Long Island.”

Harrington said Malusa developed into Glenn’s best player once she embraced a leadership role on this year's team, after the Spiders graduated most of their starting lineup from last season’s state championship squad.

“It was different last year since I was a junior, I could look up to al the seniors and they led me and I followed after them, but this year it switched and it was difficult at first but I caught on and I love being the leader of my team,” Malusa said. “I love them looking up to me and it was just a great experience.”

“Jackie is just our bread and butter,” added senior outside hitter Sam Czeczotka. “We set up balls and she kills them every time. She’s a great player all around and she’s so funny and nice and great to have on the team.”

Czeczotka was also named to the class B all-tournament team, chipping in with 13 kills, 10 digs and an ace in the championship match. She finished the tournament with 30 kills, 28 digs, four aces and two blocks.

“It’s so exciting, I really wasn’t expecting it,” Czeczotka said. “It’s a great feeling to be a part of it.”

Harrington said Czeczotka’s effort on the court and the praise she gets from opposing coaches rightly defines her importance to the team.

“[One coach] said to me, ‘[Malusa] is clearly your big hitter but [Czeczotka] is the soul of your team,’” Harrington said. “And you saw it today when she went over to the screen there and dove for that ball, I mean that’s who she is. She’s the emotional leader of this team.”