Lindenhurst loses state title match after valiant season
GLENS FALLS, N.Y -- It's a tired cliche but unfortunately one that became a reality for the Lindenhurst boys volleyball team Sunday: All good things must come to an end.
From dealing with the aftermath of superstorm Sandy to the Bulldogs' remarkable comeback in pool play at the state Division I boys volleyball tournament on Saturday, it was starting to feel like Lindenhurst was a team of destiny.
But Lindenhurst fell in the championship match Sunday to McQuaid Jesuit, 21-25, 18-25, 20-25, ending the Bulldogs' season. It was McQuaid Jesuit's third consecutive state title.
"There was a lot of adversity throughout this season but these guys are incredible," Lindenhurst coach Kevin Muscarello said. "They're so united and I just hate to see them go. It's going to be a tough season to let go of."
In the first game of the championship match, Lindenhurst dug a hole for itself midway through, falling behind McQuaid Jesuit, 11-19. Solid play from Kenny Serwan, Ryan McDonough and Chris DeLucie helped cut the lead to 20-22, but thunderous kills by Colby Harriman won the game for McQuaid Jesuit.
Michael Comens came alive in the second game and helped give Lindenhurst a 12-7 lead. But the Knights went on a 14-2 run to take a 21-14 lead on their way to winning the second game. The third game resembled more of the first, with Lindenhurst staying close but McQuaid Jesuit maintaining a slight lead all the way through to the championship.
Comens had 63 kills in the two-day tournament, while Rob Sarneckis had 40. DeLucie averaged 4.5 blocks per game along with three aces per game, and Serwan ended with 29 total kills.
"It was a struggle," co-captain McDonough said. "We put every single heart into this game and unfortunately came up short."