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Massapequa, Kings Park, Glenn, Mattituck could all win state titles

Massapequa celebrates a point against Smithtown East during

Massapequa celebrates a point against Smithtown East during the Class AA Long Island High School girls volleyball championship. (Nov. 9, 2013) Credit: Barry Sloan

Massapequa is a young team that entered 2013 having won 13 straight Nassau girls volleyball championships, even though the Chiefs had not been to the state final four since 2007, the last time it won a state championship.

Five straight years of coming up just short of the trip upstate ended Saturday when Massapequa defeated Smithtown East, 25-16, 13-25, 25-17, 25-10, at St. Joseph's (L.I.).

Seniors Justine Abbate and Katie Vedilago are the only two seniors on the team and are a formidable offensive combo. Abbate had 20 kills and Vedilago had 37 assists in the Long Island championship.

A slew of underclassmen, including Mikayla Porr and Jamie Smith play a key role for Massapequa.

Road to Glens Falls

Nassau quarterfinals, No. 8 East Meadow: 25-15, 25-13, 25-14

Nassau semifinals, No. 4 Farmingdale: 25-21, 25-11, 25-16

Nassau finals: No. 2 Baldwin: 25-15, 25-13, 25-20

Long Island championship: No. 1 Smithtown East: 25-16, 13-25, 25-17, 25-10

Class A

Kings Park enters the 2013 state tournament looking to improve on consecutive third-place finishes.

With a big three consisting of Kendall Corcoran, Amanda Gannon and Joelle Goldstein, the Kingsmen are poised to finally break through.

The trio has put up big numbers all season, including when it counts the most in the playoffs. Including Kings Park's playoff victories over Eastport-South Manor, Islip and Long Beach, Corcoran had amassed 114 assists, Gannon has 49 kills and Goldstein compiled 40 digs.

Kings Park even has a mental advantage heading into the state final four, having already defeated defending state champion and 2013 Section II champ Burnt Hills in a tournament earlier this season.

Road to Glens Falls

Suffolk semifinals, No. 4 Eastport-South Manor: 25-16, 25-13, 25-20

Suffolk finals: No. 2 Islip: 25-11, 25-14, 25-14

Long Island championship: No. 1 Long Beach: 25-15, 25-14, 25-15

Class B

Glenn is familiar with winning. The program has won 13 straight Long Island championships and has captured the last two state Class B titles.

It was supposed to be a down year in 2013 for the Spiders, but senior setter Stephanie Viteritti and powerful outside hitter Simi Familusi combined to lead Glenn back to its usual perch atop Class B on Long Island.

Viteritti had 34 assists and Familusi had 12 kills in the win over Seaford in the Long Island championship.

"The expectations being high are good," coach Kevin Harrington said. "They haven't hurt us yet but everybody is taking their best shots at you because you're wearing a Bull's-eye. We put ourselves in a lot of tough situations during the season to try and get ready for these moments."

Road to Glens Falls

Suffolk semifinals, No. 4 Hampton Bays: 25-23, 25-17, 25-12

Suffolk finals, No. 2 East Hampton: 25-14, 25-22, 22-25, 25-19

Long Island championship, No. 1 Seaford: 20-25, 25-18, 25-18, 25-20

Class C

Mattituck is back in the state semifinals after a one-year departure.

Led by senior middle hitter Shannon Dwyer -- who had 12 kills and four blocks in the Long Island championship against Carle Place -- and setter Laurel Bertolas, the Tuckers are looking to win the programs first state championship.

Bertolas, who started on the 2011 Mattituck team that went to the state tournament, has been key in controlling the tempo of the game for the Tuckers.

"She's grown up a lot and has become a really big team leader," coach Frank Massa said.

Road to Glens Falls

Suffolk finals, No. 2 Babylon: 25-20, 27-25, 25-21

Long Island championship, No. 2 Carle Place: 25-13, 13-25, 17-25, 25-21, 25-22

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