Meet the players who earned first-team honors for Newsday's All-Long Island girls volleyball team in 2018.
Long Island Player of the Year: Grace Rosenberg, Long Beach, S/RS, Sr.
Grace Rosenberg exudes confidence. The setter plays with a smile but also knows when to get serious. Take match point of the state Class AA championship against Victor, for example. Bound for Seton Hall, she had struggled all tournament with her serve, but she delivered a punishing jump-serve just inside the baseline to clinch the program's first state title in history.
"I wouldn't want anybody else at the service line in that moment," coach Kerri Rehnback said. "The confidence that she has, she's not going to look at me and ask if she could stay on the floor and serve. She was thrilled to have that serve, and she couldn't wait to jump-serve that ball."
That's just one reason why she earned Long Island Player of the Year honors. Her serve is arguably the best on Long Island, but her sets are consistent and her defense is a plus. She can even hit two-balls, which catches defenses out of position. She had 662 assists, 216 digs, 179 kills and 175 aces this season.
Suffolk Player of the Year: Mia Cergol, Glenn, S/RS, Sr.
Opposing coaches rave about Mia Cergol, the quiet, do-it-all star bound for Bryant.
One of the best pure setters on Long Island, Cergol can give defenses different looks with her crafty footwork. She surveys defenses before the set, putting the perfect hitter in position to score.
Glenn coach Nick Tremaroli utilizes her as a hitter as well, and for good reason. She elevates well and swings with authority, and she was one of the team's go-to options during its finish as Suffolk Class B finalists.
Cergol plays full rotations and excels as a defender and server. It's not uncommon for her to post triple-doubles with kills, assists and digs with a handful of aces sprinkled in, too.
"An all-around athlete," Tremaroli said. "She's great to work with. She's a great leader, and she plays with her heart."
She might play in a smaller classification, but she's a big-game player who played four full seasons on varsity, winning two Long Island Class B championships.
Melena Aldorisio, Plainview-Old Bethpage JFK, OH, Sr.
The top hitter on a Hawks team that knocked off perennial power Massapequa in a Nassau Class AA semifinal, Aldorisio is a true go-to hitter.
Emily Barry, Sacred Heart, OH, Sr.
She began her progression into an all-around star last season and capped off her varsity career with a CHSAA state championship.
Abbey Dummler, Commack, OH, Sr.
The top player during the Cougars' county championship run, Dummler is also a stingy defender who gets to balls most players can't.
Cathleen Farrell, Bayport-Blue Point, OH, Sr.
She emerged this season as BBP searched for someone to rely on, and she helped lead the Phantoms to the state Class B final four.
Molly Jandris, Sachem East, RS, Sr.
A difference-maker offensively and on the block, Jandris comes highly regarded by rival coaches.
Caroline LaMacchia, South Side, L, Sr.
An on-court leader and superb passer for the No. 1 seed in the Nassau Class A playoffs, LaMacchia is a defensive anchor.
Emma McGovern, Long Beach, OH, Sr.
The best hitter on Long Island this season had 36 kills in the Long Island championship and then another 76 kills in nine sets of state pool play, leading her Marines to a title.
Diana Migliozzi, Connetquot, S/RS, Jr.
Coach Justin Hertz called her "the stabilizer" of the team, as she played all over the court before finally settling into her role as setter.
Grace Riddle, Wantagh, OH, Sr.
With her team trailing 2-1 in the state Class A final, she took over in the fourth and fifth sets to clinch the program's first championship since 2001.
Lauren Weir, Kings Park, OH, Sr.
She never started on varsity before this season, but that didn't matter, as she was able to lead Kings Park to its eighth consecutive Suffolk Class A title.
Nassau Coach of the Year: Kerri Rehnback, Long Beach
Led the Marines to their first Class AA state crown.
Suffolk Coach of the Year: Anthony Barone, Commack
He helped the Cougars to consecutive undefeated seasons in Suffolk League I and also helped lift them to the first Suffolk Class AA title this season.
The All-Long Island second team
Sophia Calise, Eastport-South Manor, L, Sr.
Ally DeGaray, Whitman, OH, Sr.
Olivia DeJesus, Sacred Heart, OH, Sr.
Emily Haber, Commack, L, Sr.
Viki Harkin, Mattituck, OH, Jr.
Mary Grace Hartmann, St. Anthony's, MH, Sr.
Mikela Junemann, East Hampton, OH, Jr.
Kayley Ragazzini, Hewlett, OH, Jr.
Kayla Rende, Wantagh, S, Sr.
Sydnie Rohme, Northport, OH, Sr.
Kiarra Roth, Connetquot, MH, Jr.
Jamie Ryan, Wheatley, OH, Sr.
Sally Tietjen, Smithtown West, OH, Soph.
Kathleen Verastegui, Long Beach, L, Sr. (pictured)