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Massapequa girls volleyball wins its 13th straight county title

Massapequa's Samantha DePasqual celebrates win in the girls

Massapequa's Samantha DePasqual celebrates win in the girls Class AA final holding up the sign of 13 wins in game where they defeated Baldwin. (Nov. 11, 2012) Photo Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

Given Massapequa's recent history, yesterday's Nassau Class AA girls volleyball championship match at Hofstra was practically predictable.

The Chiefs entered as the 12-time defending county champions and have been undefeated in conference play since 2004. They've also swept every county match over the past two seasons, and allowed an opponent to score 20 points in a set only once this year.

That's why it was no surprise that the top-seeded Chiefs rolled to a 25-11, 25-19, 25-13 win over No. 3 Baldwin Sunday.

"It's like it's the first one all over again," Massapequa coach CarolAnn Habeeb said. "It's a new group of kids and for this team it's their first time. I'm excited for them."

Massapequa's 13th consecutive county title puts the team in the Long Island championship match against the Suffolk AA champion Tuesday at Roslyn. Massapequa's last Long Island title came in 2007.

Massapequa (16-0) dominated the first set, but Baldwin (13-5) kept it tight in the second. The Bruins led 5-0 and got as close as 23-19 before one of nine kills by Justine Abbate sealed the set for Massapqeua. The Chiefs led from start to finish in the third. A spike by Morgan Roessler (five kills, four blocks) capped another title for the trophy case.

"It feels amazing. We worked really hard for it," said Lauren VanBuren, who had 12 kills and five digs. "We knew Baldwin would come out strong and they did but we held our own and pulled through."

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