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Lindenhurst loses state title match after valiant season

Lindenhurst's Rob Sarneckis spikes the ball in front

Lindenhurst's Rob Sarneckis spikes the ball in front of Massapequa's Nicholas Smith. (Nov. 13, 2012) Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

GLENS FALLS, N.Y -- It's a tired cliche but unfortunately one that became a reality for the Lindenhurst boys volleyball team Sunday: All good things must come to an end.

From dealing with the aftermath of superstorm Sandy to the Bulldogs' remarkable comeback in pool play at the state Division I boys volleyball tournament on Saturday, it was starting to feel like Lindenhurst was a team of destiny.

But Lindenhurst fell in the championship match Sunday to McQuaid Jesuit, 21-25, 18-25, 20-25, ending the Bulldogs' season. It was McQuaid Jesuit's third consecutive state title.

"There was a lot of adversity throughout this season but these guys are incredible," Lindenhurst coach Kevin Muscarello said. "They're so united and I just hate to see them go. It's going to be a tough season to let go of."

In the first game of the championship match, Lindenhurst dug a hole for itself midway through, falling behind McQuaid Jesuit, 11-19. Solid play from Kenny Serwan, Ryan McDonough and Chris DeLucie helped cut the lead to 20-22, but thunderous kills by Colby Harriman won the game for McQuaid Jesuit.

Michael Comens came alive in the second game and helped give Lindenhurst a 12-7 lead. But the Knights went on a 14-2 run to take a 21-14 lead on their way to winning the second game. The third game resembled more of the first, with Lindenhurst staying close but McQuaid Jesuit maintaining a slight lead all the way through to the championship.

Comens had 63 kills in the two-day tournament, while Rob Sarneckis had 40. DeLucie averaged 4.5 blocks per game along with three aces per game, and Serwan ended with 29 total kills.

"It was a struggle," co-captain McDonough said. "We put every single heart into this game and unfortunately came up short."


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