Eastport-South Manor's Tyler Brandow spikes during the NYSPHSAA Division II...

Eastport-South Manor's Tyler Brandow spikes during the NYSPHSAA Division II pool play mathc against Victor on Nov. 14, 2014. Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

Eastport-South Manor began the 2014 season ranked 11th in Suffolk in the preseason coaches poll.

The Sharks ended it by finishing second in the state.

Eastport-South Manor fell to Victor, 3-0, in the state Class B title match Friday at Glens Falls Civic Center.

Senior outside hitter Tyler Brandow had 28 kills and 20 digs, and freshman hitter Tommy Ogeka had 19 kills in the Sharks' 12-25, 21-25, 18-25 defeat. It is Victor's second state title in a row and fourth in five years.

"I'm so proud of them," Sharks coach Bruce Stiriz said. "We're going to miss our seniors. That's the sad part. Whenever a season ends that was so wonderful like this, right away you look at the guys that aren't going to be back next year. But I couldn't be prouder of this team. We had an awesome season."

"We fought harder than any team I've been a part of," Brandow said. "We did our best. We all played with our hearts. This is the greatest season I've ever had."

"Tyler has been a dream and a half to coach. I think the world of him," Stiriz said.

Earlier in the day, the Sharks defied the odds by just making it out of pool play. The Sharks (11-7) opened the preliminary round by losing two games to Victor (23-1), meaning they would need to take at least one game from Oswego to avoid elimination (in pool play, each team plays two games against the other two teams; the two teams with the most games won advance).

The Sharks took both games, and Victor's wins over Oswego clinched a berth in the final for Eastport-South Manor.

"It stinks to lose at the end, but we played as a team throughout the tournament," Ogeka said. "It was an amazing journey."

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