Amanda Gannon, Joelle Goldstein spark Kings Park's Suffolk Class A championship

Kings Park's Amanda Gannon serves the ball against Kings Park's Amanda Gannon serves the ball against Huntington in a Suffolk girls volleyball match. (Oct. 24, 2012) Photo Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

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The Kings Park girls volleyball team is still unbeatable.

The reigning Long Island Class A champions earned the right to defend their title yesterday, beating Bellport, 25-14, 25-21, 25-12, in the Suffolk Class A championship to advance to Tuesday's LI final against South Side at Carle Place.

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"Our kids are such high-character kids. They know how to win, they're not easily rattled and stay composed all the time," assistant coach Ed Manly said. "They've stayed hungry and they wanted to get back to where we've gotten and want to go further. We're as ready as we could be but it'll be a tough match against South Side."

Kings Park (18-0) jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the first set and built on that en route to the three-set win. Bellport (18-2) kept it close in the second set and tied it at 21, but kills by Joelle Goldstein and Amanda Gannon allowed the Kings Park to pull away. In the third, Goldstein and Gannon totaled seven kills and Athena Riney served eight straight points to fuel a 13-2 run that closed the match.

Gannon finished with 14 kills, nine digs and three aces. Goldstein had 11 kills. Kendall Corcoran had 32 assists and Tara Trapani had 18 digs.

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