Stephanie Viteritti helps Glenn power past E. Hampton to title
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Simi Familusi loves the Glenn girls volleyball team's nickname: the Spiders. What it means is that when anybody comes into their web, or gym, the match belongs to Glenn.
Familusi and her teammates owned the gym during their four-game match win over No. 2 East Hampton Wednesday in the Suffolk Class B championship at Bay Shore High School.
"That saying brings us together as family," said Familusi, a middle hitter, who had 12 kills in the 25-14, 25-22, 20-25, 25-19 victory. "Everyone plays their part. Serve and serve-receive. That's what a good offense does and that is what brought us to the top."
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Stephanie Viteritti had a lot to do with that. The setter dominated the stat sheet, finishing with a match-high 32 assists, 23 digs, six kills and two aces to send Glenn to the Long Island championship for the 14th straight season, according to coach Kevin Harrington.
Glenn (16-4) will take on the winner of Seaford/Lynbrook at 5 p.m. Sunday at St. Joseph's College in Patchogue.
"People didn't think that we'd get to this point," Viteritti said. "We came into this season using that as motivation. Both teams played well, I just felt we made it difficult for them to make passes because of our good serves."
East Hampton middle hitter Christina Cangiolosi agreed, saying she would have liked to see the Bonackers do a better job of communicating.
"I don't think our team ever got its flow going," East Hampton coach Kathryn McGeehan said. "We didn't get into our groove. Their experience comes across and we haven't had it."
Harrington said his team hasn't lost a league match since the spring of 2000, which came on the road against East Hampton. The Knights have won 21 league titles and six state titles in the last 12 years under Harrington.
"For these girls to get back here and do it again, I give them a lot of credit," Harrington said. "They found a way to piece it together and make it work."