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Long Island girls volleyball rankings

Connetquot's Cassandra Patsos hits across court during the

Connetquot's Cassandra Patsos hits across court during the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class AA girls volleyball championship on Nov. 20, 2016. Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

Through games of Sept. 25:

1. Connetquot (5-0)

Perfect thus far, the Thunderbirds again look like Long Island’s best team. Cassandra Patsos has been a force in the middle, and Skyla Schoppmeyer had eight digs in the Thunderbirds’ 3-0 sweep of Whitman last Monday.

2. Kings Park (5-0)

The Kingsmen again look to be a juggernaut in Suffolk Class A. Erika Benson has emerged as one of Suffolk’s best players, while setter Haley Holmes and libero Meagan Murphy have both impressed opposing coaches.

3. Massapequa (4-0)

With new coach in Kelley Collins, the Chiefs are the same powerhouse they’ve been for nearly the last two decades. Kathleen Doherty has been a consistent weapon on the outside, and sophomore Gabriella Heimbauer is blossoming into a future star.

4. Smithtown East (4-0)

The Bulls lost the first set of the year to Smithtown West and haven’t dropped one since. Steph Berdon and Allie Brady have provided consistent offense.

5. Long Beach (3-0)

Grace Rosenberg is the motor that makes the Marines go. The junior had 21 assists and two aces in a sweep of Baldwin.

6. Wantagh (4-1)

Nassau A-I is the most competitive on Long Island, and any of five teams could emerge as the top squad. Right now, it looks like Wantagh could be that team.

7. Kellenberg (3-0)

The two-time defending Catholic League champion started the season off right with a sweep of Sacred Heart. Madison Gale’s 21 assists and Katie Sweeney’s 14 digs led the way.

8. Glenn (5-0)

A thrilling 3-2 win over defending Long Island champion Bayport-Blue Point is easily one of the biggest moments thus far. Mia Cergol had 30 assists and 12 kills in the win.

9. Commack (6-0)

A somewhat surprising contender this season, the Cougars edged out a 3-2 win over Sachem East on Sept. 12 and swept St. Anthony’s on Sept. 15. Abbey Dummler has excelled at outside hitter.

10. Ward Melville (6-0)

A consistent contender, the Patriots have received contributions thus far from many, including Ashley Fuchs, who had 15 kills and 12 digs in a sweep of Patchogue-Medford.

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