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Recapping the week in LI girls volleyball: St. Anthony's surprises, Wantagh tops South Side

Newsday’s Kenny DeJohn recaps the week of Long Island girls volleyball, starting with athe return of a CHSAA powerhouse and finishing with other notables from the second-to-last week of the regular season.

All records and results are current as of Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 4 p.m.

A St. Anthony’s surprise

After a few years of mediocrity, St. Anthony’s is big as a CHSAA power. The Friars proved it on Tuesday, Oct. 23.

Having lost to Sacred Heart in four sets earlier in the season, the Friars rebounded with a 25-23, 25-17, 20-25, 19-25, 15-12 victory over the Spartans to put the rest of the league on notice.

Taylor Morrell had 41 assists, Mary Grace Hartmann had 13 kills and 10 blocks, and Alyssa Moskowitz and Paige Savitsky both had 11 kills for the Friars, who are now 10-1.

Sacred Heart entered the season as league favorites after bursting on to the scene last fall. Although the Spartans lost to Kellenberg in the final, their strong returning core put them in position to compete again.

There didn’t appear to be a competitor within range. That is, until St. Anthony’s started knocking off opponents one by one.

What once appeared to be a slam dunk for Sacred Heart is now anything but. The CHSAA playoffs will be fun to watch.

Notable wins

  • Just two weeks ago, the weekly recap focused on South Side’s dominance over Nassau Class A-I. Wantagh must have taken notice. The Warriors defeated South Side, 3-2, on Wednesday, Oct. 17, behind Kayla Rende’s 44 assists. Jill Laino had 29 digs, while Tori Spencer and Grace Riddle each had 15 kills.
  • North Shore is one step away from an undefeated regular season in Nassau A-II. The Vikings defeated Calhoun, 3-1, on Friday, Oct. 19, behind six blocks from Sabrina Romano. North Shore is 11-0 and balanced in its starting lineup. The Vikings look to cap a perfect regular season on Thursday, Oct. 25, on the road against Hewlett.
  • Previously undefeated on the season, Smithtown West fell to Connetquot, 3-1, on Friday, Oct. 19. Julia Patsos had 12 digs and seven kills, while Kiarra Roth had six kills and three blocks. Smithtown West is still undefeated in League III at 10-0.

Newsday’s Top 10

Long Beach (Last week: 1)

Commack (2)

Glenn (5)

Northport (7)

Sacred Heart (4)

St. Anthony’s (unranked)

South Side (3)

Eastport-South Manor (10)

Connetquot (8)

Smithtown West (6)

On the cusp (in alphabetical order): Bayport-Blue Point, East Hampton Kings Park, Plainview-Old Bethpage JFK, Wantagh

Games to watch

  • Thursday, Oct. 25: Ward Melville at Commack, 4 p.m.
  • Thursday, Oct. 25: Westhampton at East Hampton, 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, Oct. 27: Suffolk outbracket playoff games begin
  • Monday, Oct. 29: Nassau playoffs begin

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