Massapequa boys win fourth straight Nassau Class A volleyball championship

Massapequa's Steven Woessner is pumped up after hitting Massapequa's Steven Woessner is pumped up after hitting a spike for a point during the Boys Class A final where Massapequa defeated Plainview JFK. (Nov. 11, 2012) Photo Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

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Massapequa hadn't dropped a set to a conference opponent all season, so when Plainview JFK erased a seven-point deficit to take a 23-22 lead in the first set of the Nassau Class A boys volleyball championship Sunday at Hofstra, it looked as if that was about to change. But there's a reason the Chiefs had won three straight county titles, and are the defending Long Island champions.

Kills by Jake Roessler and Taylor Brickmeier evened the set at 24, and back-to-back kills by Steven Woessner gave Massapequa the set at 26-24. From there, the top-seeded Chiefs took control and won their fourth straight Nassau championship, 26-24, 25-15, 25-18, over the third-seeded Hawks. "They're always a tough team to play against so we just had to keep our composure, forget about the last point and worry about the next one," Woessner said of the first set. "It was just a great team effort."

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Woessner carried Massapequa in the second set, recording seven kills and an ace for the winning point. In the third set, Massapequa went ahead at 4-3 and never looked back, as Woessner served out the last three points.

Woessner finished with 13 kills and four aces, Roessler had 13 kills and Matt Goldberg had five kills and four aces. Nicholas Smith had 30 assists. "We played very well with our ball control, our serving was good for the first two games and I'm very proud of my guys," coach Steve Mariano said.

Massapequa (16-1) will defend its Long Island championship Tuesday at Westhampton Middle School against Suffolk Division I champion Lindenhurst.

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