Meet the 2012 All-Long Island boys volleyball team, as selected by Newsday's Ian Cutler, in alphabetical order.
Bellmore JFK, Jr. Led Cougars to their first Division II state championship, and was named MVP of the state title match with nine kills and eight digs in a sweep of Lake Shore. He finished with a .324 hitting percentage, with 279 kills, 329 assists and 190 digs, doing it all for Long Island's first boys volleyball state championship team, according to coach Dennis Ringel.
Eastport-South Manor, Sr. The outside hitter led the team to its third consecutive Suffolk Division II championship. He averaged more than 20 kills in the team's two county playoff matches, and finished with 254 kills for the season.
MICHAEL COMENS Lindenhurst, Sr. An outside hitter, Comens led the Bulldogs with 63 kills over the two-day state tournament. He also featured a strong service game.
LONG ISLAND PLAYER OF THE YEAR Lindenhurst, Sr.
DeLucie stood out for more than just his 654 assists, 65 blocks, 147 digs, 56 aces and 84 kills. He was a co-captain on Lindenhurst's first Long Island Division I championship team, guiding the Bulldogs through a grueling county championship match, a thrilling comeback in the state semifinals, and the challenging aftermath of superstorm Sandy, proving to be a leader on and off the court.
Sachem North, Sr. Echel was North’s main offensive weapon, and also played a big role on defense patrolling the middle. He averaged more than six blocks per match, and had his biggest games against top opponents, including a 21-kill effort against Sachem East.
Sachem East, Sr.
Laffin led Sachem East to the Suffolk title match this season, leading the team in kills, hitting percentage and service aces. Laffin is highly skilled, and will be taking his talents to Ohio State.
Half Hollow Hills, Sr. Manchenko helped lead the Thundercolts to 13-4 record that included a 12-match winning streak. During a stretch of nine games, he recorded at least 20 kills and had a season-high 42 in a five-set win over Sachem North . He finished the year with 423 kills and a .385 hitting percentage.
Plainview JFK, Sr.
Smitelli is an all-around player who contributed at two positions. He helped lead Plainview JFK to the Nassau Class A title match, finishing the season with 143 kills, 35 aces, 16 blocks, 62 digs and 307 assists. Smitelli stood out in the county championship match against Massapequa, keeping Plainview JFK in it early, forcing the first game to go 26-24.
Smithtown East, Sr. Tarquinio was named Suffolk League II player of the year, leading Smithtown East to a league title and an 11-4 overall record. Tarquinio is regarded as one of the top middles in Suffolk, and was a strong blocker who played through every rotation. He had 22 kills in a 3-1 win over Sachem North.
NASSAU PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Massapequa, Sr. The powerful 6-4 middle hitter helped lead the Chiefs to their fourth consecutive Nassau Class A title. He had a .510 hitting percentage with 245 kills, 84 blocks and an impressive passing percentage of 2.61 out of 3.0 for a team that went 16-0 in county play before falling to Lindenhurst in the LI championship game.
COACH OF THE YEAR
FRONT ROW, FROM LEFT: Michael Comens - Lindenhurst, Nick Laffin - Sachem East, Chris DeLucie - Lindenhurst (Long Island Player of the Year), Calvin Manchenko - Half Hollow Hills, Gary Anderson - Bellmore JFK. BACK ROW, FRONT ROW, FROM LEFT: Dennis Ringel - Bellmore JFK Head Coach, Noah Smitelli - Plainview JFK, Steven Woessner - Massapequa (Nassau Player of the Year), Steven Tarquinio - Smithtown East, Connor Brandow - Eastport-South Manor and John Echel - Sachem North. (Dec. 11, 2012)
Lindenhurst's Ryan McDonough is among those on the second team. You can view the entire 2012 All-Long Island second team here.