Friday night's boys volleyball match between Plainview JFK and Massapequa lived up to its billing, as last year's county finalists both came into the match unbeaten and played a five-set thriller.
Getting contributions from multiple players, Massapequa remained unbeaten, winning, 25-18, 20-25, 25-22, 16-25, 25-23 in a Nassau A-I match.
John Carroll had 14 kills and no errors, Stephen Codispodo added 13 kills, Patrick Clyne had 11 kills and Alec Helford had 44 assists for Massapequa, which improved to 6-0.
Daniel Kim had 13 kills and Brian Maloney had 14 kills for host Plainview JFK (5-1).
"We definitely came out firing tonight," Codispodo said, adding last season's four-set loss to Plainview JFK in the county championship was on his team's mind. "We come into every practice knowing how we lost in the end, so that pumps us up."
Like the match as a whole, the fifth set was tightly contested, and was tied at 13, 16, 18, and 20 before Massapequa won five of the final eight points to clinch the match.
"The momentum we got from this is good, especially after the heartbreaker at counties," Clyne said of the win.
Massapequa's intensity was evident early, as the Chiefs took the first set by seven points.
The young Plainview JFK squad, which started five players who were on junior varsity last season, responded well by taking the second set, using an 8-3 run in the middle of the frame to get separation.
Massapequa showed resilience in the third set. After falling behind 17-14, the Chiefs won the next six points and finished the set on an 11-5 run.
In the fourth, the Hawks jumped out to a 12-2 lead and held on to force a fifth set.
"That's going to push us in practice all the time, knowing that they're right on us, taking us to a fifth set," Melford said.
The teams will meet again Oct. 24 at Massapequa.