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Allen Durutovic helps Plainview JFK to win over East Meadow

Plainview JFK senior Allen Durutovic, right, celebrates with

Plainview JFK senior Allen Durutovic, right, celebrates with teammates, from left, NDaniel Kwon (blue jersey), Bryan Wang and Aaron Kim after a point during a Nassau boys volleyball match against East Meadoe on Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014. Photo Credit: James Escher

Allen Durutovic said he did not want to see Tuesday's match go to a fifth game, though he really did not have to say anything.

His play to close out the match was proof enough.

Durutovic won five of his team's final six points, and had 21 total kills, to lead Plainview JFK in its 3-1 win over East Meadow in a Nassau Conference A-I boys volleyball match.

Bryan Wang added 17 kills, Brian Maloney had 52 assists, and Daniel Kwon had 13 digs for the Hawks (11-1), who won 25-7, 25-20, 23-25, 25-20.

"I wanted to put this game away," said Durutovic, a 6-4 senior. "I had to keep going and just told them to feed me the ball. I just wanted to kill it every time."

With the fourth game tied at 17, Kwon had two consecutive aces, preceding a personal 4-2 run for Durutovic.

Wang got a kill on the next point to set up match point, where Durutovic's kill clinched the match. "I was feeling it," Durutovic said. "The passes were good from my defense and the setter was giving me the ball, so I just kept putting it away whenever I could."

"Everybody's consistent, the ball got spread around," said Plainview JFK coach Russi Villalta, who credited Maloney's passing with getting the whole team involved. "It was hard for [East Meadow] to actually block us because the offense was spread."

Wang also played a big role in spreading the floor, preventing East Meadow (6-6) from stacking the middle to contain Durutovic.

"Bryan, he's always consistent," Villalta said. "He's always there on the right side, he's always there to help on the opposite side. He's playing great defense. He's a great jump server, which really changed the pace of the game."

Wang said his team responded well to its previous match, a loss to Roslyn last week. "We just had to bring up the energy and we definitely did that. We picked up the passing and the setting, and the hitting was all on point."

This was especially true in Plainview JFK's 18-point Game 1 win, in which the Hawks started the match on a 9-0 run and won 12 of the first 13 points.

In the first game, Durutovic said, "We were just passing the ball very well and people were putting the ball away. That's how you're going to win games."

Dominant finishes help, too.


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