It's called the "Rini Smash," and Thursday, it was literally and figuratively a smash hit.
That's the label given to the empathic, crowd-pleasing kills recorded by 6-1 Jessica Rini, and they've been seen with regularity this season.
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"Instead of just hitting it, she looks at the other side of the court now and is like, 'Oh, that spot is open,' " Seaford coach Marie Savage said. "She learned how to exhale, wait, then jump."
Rini dominated the net to lift top-seeded Seaford to a third consecutive county championship with a 25-11, 19-25, 25-21, 25-18 win over No. 3 Lynbrook in the Nassau Class B final at SUNY-Old Westbury.
"This means the world to me," said Rini, who smashed her way to 14 kills and seven blocks. "Once August came around, I was in the gym every day, hitting and hitting, I wanted this so bad."
Fellow captain Emma Schait added nine kills and 18 digs. Teresa Angelastro had 19 digs and Erin Russell had 34 assists.
Seaford (13-2) advances to the Long Island championship at 5 p.m. Sunday at St. Joseph's.
"This championship is so much more fulfilling because this is the closest I've ever been with any team," Schait said. "It's a dream come true."