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Sachem North's Jack Driscoll (11) sets the ball

Sachem North's Jack Driscoll (11) sets the ball during the against Eastport-South Manor on Friday, October 14, 2016 Credit: Alan J. Schaefer

Through games on Sept. 25:

1. Sachem North (4-0)

The Flaming Arrows are out to a strong start after last season didn’t end in a county title. They’ve received major contributions from Connor Pallmann, Jack Driscoll and Alec Lehnert.

2. Eastport-South Manor (5-0)

The defending state Class B champions have been challenged by Ward Melville and Sachem East in five-set thrillers, but the Sharks prevailed in each. Colin Nikc and Brennen Brandow have been standouts.

3. Bellmore JFK (6-0)

The Cougars have been excellent in their undefeated start. Josh Kaplan, Tyler Anderson and Steve Carlson are three of the best athletes in Nassau volleyball.

4. Massapequa (6-0)

Already having knocked off their two toughest competitors in Long Beach and Plainview-Old Bethpage JFK, the Chiefs look like the class of Nassau A. John Ronan and Timmy Drake have been catalysts to the offense.

5. Long Beach (5-1)

The Marines have rebounded from an opening day loss to Massapequa. Jared Weissberg, Chris Scandole and Sammy Gibson have been outstanding.

6. Lindenhurst (3-1)

Swept by Sachem North, the Bulldogs rallied in a big way by handing Smithtown West a 3-0 defeat. Jason Koehler, Troy VonHolt and Vinny Sottile prove the Bulldogs aren’t short on star power.

7. Whitman (4-1)

An under the radar team to watch this season, the Wildcats started fast with a win over Smithtown East. Losing to Lindenhurst stings, but Sean Williams and Jack Poplawski are capable stars in Suffolk I.

8. Plainview-Old Bethpage JFK (3-2)

This hasn’t been an ideal start for the Hawks, but their track record suggests they’ll bounce back. Nick Galasso had 16 kills and Mike Biscardi had 28 assists in a sweep of Bethpage last Monday.

9. Smithtown West (2-1)

Kevin Kelleher, David DeRosa and Chris Shanley have led the charge for the Bulls, who hope to repeat as Suffolk Class A champions. A 3-0 loss to Lindenhurst last Tuesday hurts, but there’s no doubting this team’s talent.

10. Smithtown East (4-1)

The hiccup against Whitman is the Bulls’ only blemish on what’s otherwise been a fine start to the fall. Mason Labrix had nine blocks and Dan Murphy added four more in a sweep of Center Moriches.

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