MIDDLE HITTER

Greg Rankel

Plainview JFK, Sr.

The Nassau Player of the Year, Rankel proved to be the heart and soul of a team that advanced to the Nassau Class A championship against Massapequa. In that match, Rankel saved two match points in the fourth set, when he blocked fellow All-Long Island players Christian Smith and Chris Husmann to extend the match to a deciding fifth game.

WEAK-SIDE HITTER

Patrick Lilly

Commack, Sr.

Considered by many opposing coaches to be Long Island's most talented player, Lilly earned All-League, All-County and All-Division Tournament honors. A member of the Long Island Volleyball Club, Lilly will play collegiate ball at Lewis University.

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SETTER

Christian Smith

Massapequa, Jr.

Smith led the Nassau Class A champions with 304 assists and was the only Nassau player named to the all-state team. He also had 126 kills and 51 aces, establishing himself as one of Long Island's top two-way players. Smith's 26 assists and 12 kills helped the Chiefs survive a five-game test in the Nassau final against Plainview JFK.

OUTSIDER HITTER

Chris Husmann

Massapequa, Jr.

Husmann was Massapequa's driving offensive force, totaling 214 kills, 67 blocks and 41 aces. His 28 kills and 14 digs in the Nassau final helped Massapequa pull out a 25-23 fifth set to win its second straight title.

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OUTSIDE HITTER

Eric Rizzo

Ward Melville, Sr.

Rizzo spearheaded the Patriots' offense, averaging 6.1 kills per set. He also averaged a little less than one block per set, and on a young, injury-plagued team, Rizzo showed up night after night.

LIBERO

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Cody Lau

Half Hollow Hills, Sr.

A first-year starter, Lau quickly emerged as one of the Island's top defensive players. And Lau stepped up his game when it counted the most, averaging more than 18 digs per game in the Suffolk playoffs.

SETTER

Remy Janco

Half Hollow Hills, Sr.

Also a lefthanded pitcher, Janco is a two-sport standout after a season in which he notched 51 assists in the county final. During pool play at the state tournament, Janco's stellar play helped the Thundercolts advance to the state final.

OUTSIDE HITTER

Mike DeGrazia

Half Hollow Hills, Sr.

The brute force behind the Hills attack, DeGrazia's presence on the outside helped open things up for Chris Kaimis and fellow outside hitter James Barone. In Hills' four-set win over Northport in the Suffolk semifinal, he tallied 16 kills and nine blocks.

SETTER

Ryan Brisson

Eastport-South Manor, Jr.

Brisson totaled 656 assists, leading the Sharks to the Division II state final and their first Suffolk Division II championship. He had 48 assists in the Long Island championship win over Bellmore JFK, and 26 assists in the state final against Victor High School.

OUTSIDE HITTER

Tyler Donofrio

Smithtown East, Sr.

Donofrio led the offensive charge on a team that went undefeated in League II and lost to only Half Hollow Hills in the Suffolk final. Playing the end of the season with a painful injured ankle, he contributed 20 kills to help East beat Lindenhurst in a Suffolk semifinal.

SETTER

Sean Baxley

Smithtown East, Sr.

Combining with Donofrio to form one of the best 1-2 punches on Long Island, Baxley averaged 44.5 assists in two Suffolk County playoff wins.