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Daniel Kim, Ethan Klein help Plainview JFK clinch top seed

Massapequa's Alec Helford blocks a spike by Plainview

Massapequa's Alec Helford blocks a spike by Plainview JFK's Daniel Kim out of bounds during a Nassau High School boys volleyball match between Massapequa and Plainview JFK Friday, Oct. 28, 2016 Photo Credit: Alex Horvath

Not even “The Curse” could slow Plainview JFK’s dominant effort Friday night.

Daniel Kim had 19 kills and three aces, and Ethan Klein had 33 assists to lead the Hawks to a four-set win over Massapequa in a Nassau A-I boys volleyball match, marking the Hawks’ first win at Massapequa since 2009.

Justin Kimmel added eight kills, Nick Galasso had six kills, and Max Schulman had six blocks for the Hawks, which won 25-12, 19-25, 25-10, 25-19 to secure the top seed in the Class A playoffs.

“We haven’t won in this gym in six years. We refer to it as ‘The Curse,’ ” Schulman said. “Winning and winning in this kind of fashion is huge for us.”

When the two teams met for the first time this season in September, Plainview JFK (13-1) won in five sets, but the two teams each won 120 points. On Friday, the Hawks won 94, compared to Massapequa’s 66.

“As you can see, we’ve improved a lot,” Kim said. “It’s a huge energy boost knowing we beat them by a big score.”

“We were more aggressive, our blocks were better, and Ethan runs the floor so smoothly,” coach Russi Villalta said. “It’s all coming together and now they are just going to run with it.”

The Hawks had lost for the first time this season, against Port Washington on Wednesday. But they apparently were not affected by it Friday, blitzing the Chiefs from the first point to cruise to a 13-point first set win.

“The first set, we came out on fire and that really gave us momentum for the rest of the sets,” Klein said. “In the last match against them, every time we tipped a ball, it was a kill so we worked on tips in practice and found our spots.”

Massapequa (11-3) responded well to take the second set, but the Hawks never trailed again afterward.

“It’s really exciting considering this is the second time we beat them and that gives us that much more confidence heading into the playoffs,” Galasso said.

Added Kim: “It shows us we have the potential to beat any team in Nassau.”


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