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Bryan Wang, Brian Maloney lead Plainview JFK to boys volleyball victory

Plainview JFK's Bryan Wang, left, scores the game-winning

Plainview JFK's Bryan Wang, left, scores the game-winning point over Port Washington's Steven Lopez on Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. Credit: Richard T. Slattery

Though Plainview JFK's playoff seeding already was secured, Friday's win still was significant for Bryan Wang, Brian Maloney and the Hawks.

Wang had 14 kills and Maloney had 38 assists to lead the Hawks over visiting Port Washington, 3-1, in a Nassau Conference A-I volleyball match.

Allen Durutovic added 11 kills and Nick Godino had nine kills for Plainview JFK (14-2) in its 25-17, 19-25, 25-13, 25-23 win.

Though Plainview JFK would be the second seed in the Class A playoffs regardless of Friday's result, its players agreed the season sweep of the defending county champions would be a confidence booster heading into the postseason.

"This is a huge win for us," Wang said. "Now we know we can beat anybody."

"We were a little down after our loss to Massapequa [last week], so this really gives us a huge boost going into the playoffs," Godino said.

"This game got us back going. It's a big momentum swing," Durutovic said.

Port Washington (11-5) already was assured of the third seed before the match. Massapequa will be the top seed.

Hawks coach Russi Villalta said she hoped the win would help the team fully realize its potential. "They should realize they're great players. I believe so much in them. On their resume, they have everything to be champs," she said.

Plainview JFK, which went on a 14-3 rally near the end of the first game, closed the match on a similar run.

In the fourth game, the match seemed headed for a fifth, with Port Washington holding a 16-10 lead behind the powerful hitting of Steven Lopez, who had 20 kills and two aces. The Hawks, behind Durutovic and Wang, who totaled 10 kills in the fourth game, rallied to end the match and finished it on a 9-2 run.

In addition to Durutovic and Wang, Maloney did well to spread the play to the Hawks' other hitters, including Godino.

"I have great hitters all over the place," Maloney said. "I just try to dish it to everyone and try to get everyone some kills."

The Nassau Class A playoffs begin on Wednesday.


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