Meet the players who earned first-team honors for Newsday's All-Long Island boys volleyball team in 2018.
Long Island Player of the Year: Jack Driscoll, Sachem North, S, Sr.
Driscoll displayed his remarkable versatility throughout the 2018 campaign, ranking first in Suffolk with 368 kills, adding 54 aces and 47 blocks for the state Division I runner up. He also finished fourth in the county with 154 digs.
Behind the leadership of Driscoll, who is committed to play at Penn State in 2019, the Flaming Arrows were undefeated the majority of the season and finished with an 18-1 record. He recorded 15 kills, 14 digs and four aces in Sachem North's 20-25, 21-25, 25-17, 20-25 state final loss to Fairport.
"Jack has been the cornerstone of our program over the last three years," Sachem North coach Matt Rivera said. "His mix of athleticism and intellect make him a truly special player. As a senior his leadership and grit were essential to this team's success."
"I'm just happy that we had the success that we had," Driscoll said. "It was a great way to finish my career here at Sachem North and I'm looking forward to the future."
Nassau Player of the Year: Tyler Anderson, Bellmore JFK, OH, Sr.
Determined to overcome a five-set loss in last season's state Division II final, Anderson recorded 30 kills and four digs in a 25-21, 25-22, 13-25, 25-20 Bellmore JFK victory over Burnt-Hills Ballston Lake in Albany, earning the Cougars (18-1) their first state Division II crown since 2012 and second in program history.
Anderson finished the season with 395 kills, 145 digs and 39 aces.
"This is just an amazing, awesome feeling," Anderson said following his title-clinching performance. "After last year I just wanted this to happen so much. That carried me through this and through the whole day. I just wanted that game just so I could get that state championship that we were so close to."
"Early on other guys carried him, and then it was his turn" coach Dennis Ringel said. "And what a finals performance. It was magic. It was the Tyler Anderson I really knew I'd see today."
Trey Cole, Connetquot, OH, Jr.
The Pepperdine commit made a seamless transition to outside hitter in 2018, recording 159 kills, 96 digs, 13 assists and 12 aces.
Robert Copozzi, Center Moriches, OH, Jr.
Copozzi impressed all season by racking up a Suffolk-leading 288 kills, as well as 155 digs, 24 assists, 23 aces and 12 blocks for Center Moriches.
A.J. Fitzgerald, Sachem North, OH, Jr.
A solid complement to Driscoll throughout the season, Fitzgerald played a key role in Sachem North's run to the state Division I final.
Nick Galasso, Plainview-Old Bethpage JFK, OH, Sr.
Galasso propelled the Hawks to the Nassau A title with 202 kills, 116 digs, 24 blocks, 20 assists and eight aces.
Josh George, Ward Melville, OH, Sr.
George was the centerpiece for the Patriots, who advanced to the Suffolk I final.
Will Kropp, Eastport-South Manor, S, Sr.
Kropp finished with 525 assists for the Suffolk II champion Sharks.
Andrew Watts, Northport, MH, Sr.
The 6-7 standout is also committed to play at Penn State and helped lead the Tigers to the Suffolk I semifinals.
Matt Wertheim, Smithtown East, OH, Sr.
Wertheim was a sparkplug for the Bulls with 217 kills, 74 digs, 42 aces and 33 blocks.
Patrick Wing, Massapequa, MH, Sr.
The Chiefs' catalyst throughout the season, Wing was the driving force behind Massapequa's run to the Nassau A final.
Gordon Wong, Jericho, OH, Sr.
Wong, who totaled 307 kills, as well as 190 digs, 35 blocks, 24 aces and 12 assists, was the centerpiece of a Jayhawks squad that advanced to the Nassau B final.
Nassau Coach of the Year: Dennis Ringel, Bellmore JFK
Ringel's guidance helped propel the Cougars to their first state title since 2012 after defeating Burnt Hills 3-1 in the Division II final.
Suffolk Coach of the Year: Matt Rivera, Sachem North
With Rivera at the helm, Sachem North finished as the state Division I runner-up after a 3-1 loss to Fairport in Albany. The Flaming Arrows were undefeated entering the match and finished the season with an overall mark of 18-1.
The All-Long Island second team
Ryan Barnett, Westhampton, OH, Soph.
Sammy Ben-Levi, Roslyn, MH, Jr.
Michael Biscardi, Plainview-Old Bethpage JFK, S, Sr. (pictured)
Patrick Farrell, New Hyde Park, S, Sr.
Dakota Hotaling, Center Moriches, S, Sr.
Justin Iloulian, Plainview-Old Bethpage JFK, OH, Sr.
Tyler Jarzabek, Bellmore JFK, OH, Sr.
C.J. Johnson, Sachem North, S, Jr.
Tim Lee, Great Neck North, S/L, Sr.
Jack Poplawski, Whitman, OH, Sr.
Ben Spier, Port Washington, OH, Sr.