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Viking Sports: October 1, 2009

Women’s Varsity Tennis

Doubles led the way for another successful week for the North Shore varsity tennis team. Against Locust Valley, Jen Cisternas and Carla Sabbatini (fourth doubles), and Marissa Moshell and Liz Hamberger (third doubles) picked up wins that carried the team to a 6-1 victory over the Falcons. On Wednesday, The Vikings traveled to Oyster Bay and had their hands full. The Vikings squeaked by 4-3. Abby Schubach and Anna Berger clinched the match at second doubles earning a straight set victory. Friday, the Vikings lost to the Jayhawks of Plainview-Old Bethpage 2-5. The only highlights for North Shore were the stellar play of Claudia Ruiz and Sunaina Vohra at first and second singles. They continue to dominate their opponents. Each player is undefeated at 5-0. Both face difficult matches against tough opponents from Herricks on Tuesday. North Shore is tied for second place in Conference IIA.

Women’s Varsity
Field Hockey

The Vikings have dominated League taking two wins this past week against East Meadow and New Hyde Park. The team came out to take an early lead against East Meadow with Amanda Juhasz’s goal 11 minutes into the first half. East Meadow did not answer back and North Shore added two more goals in the second half. Kathleen Lennon scored the second goal and had an assist on Melissa Meehan’s goal with one second remaining in the game. Wednesday’s game against New Hyde Park became a challenge for the Vikings after playing two 30-minute halves and a 10-minute overtime. However, the Vikings could not be defeated in the second overtime period. Junior Jennie Berglin had a 40 yard break away, fired a shot on the keeper and Melissa Meehan deflected the ball in the cage one minute into the second overtime. The Vikings are 3-1 overall and 3-0 in League 2.

Women’s Varsity
Cross Country

The women’s cross-country team has begun the season right where it left off: undefeated. This past week consisted of a series of competitions that proved to be highly successful. In inter-league competition the Lady Vikings competed against Valley Stream South, Plainedge, and Lawrence. Leading the way was Senior Claire Simmons who ran her personal best time in the 2.5-mile distance. Other top performers were senior Courtney Morris, junior Danielle Muoio, and sophomore Nicole Milani. Overall the team is 3-0 on the season and earned its 30th consecutive win in the last 3 years. This past weekend also proved to be equally as eventful as the varsity team traveled to Warwick in Section 9 to compete in the Wave Mania Invitational. Leading the race was freshman Elizabeth Caldwell who won the invitational by a startling 38 seconds. Other top performers were junior Emily Osman, sophomore Brianna Nerud, and Gabriella Vezza who all contributed greatly to the team’s victory against the 15-school field.

Next week the team will travel all the way to Cary, NC for the Great American cross-country festival where the athletes will have the opportunity to compete against some of the nation’s best.

Women’s Varsity
Volleyball

The North Shore Varsity Volleyball team opened up its 2009 season with non-league victories over Great Neck North and Carle Place. In both games the Vikings won 3 – 0. Strong play and great defense anchored by Alley Grande(27 digs), Liz Sheerin(16 kills, 7 aces) and Elizabeth Tierney(20 kills). The girls practiced hard all preseason and were able to really put it together on the court. Coach Mauro is really proud of how they came along during practices and put an excellent effort out on the court.

The regular season began with two losses. In the first game Plainedge bested the Vikings in three games. North Shore played hard, but could not overcome early game deficits. After the home opener, the Vikings are going on the road for 7 straight away games, mostly on the south shore. The second game was amazing. In a loss to a tough Valley Stream South team, North played its best volleyball of the season. The fifth game and deciding game finished at 25 – 23 in favor of VSS. The girls played so well in the face of a team that beat us three times last year including the play-offs. Offensively Elizabeth Tierney and Liz Sheerin combined for 25 kills and 4 aces. Lily Mansfield totaled 27 assists. Alley Grande and Megan Silka came through with strong defense and great serving.

Elmont was the next test for the Vikings, now labeled the road crew. North Shore faced off with a tough Elmont team and crowd. But in the face of many challenges the Vikings prevailed. Playing some of the best volleyball coach Mauro has seen in two years. Not only stat wise, but the way the girls played as one unit really showed me what they are made of. Tierney(20 kills, 6 aces), Sheering(11 kills, 4 aces), Grande(15 digs, 2 aces), Tracy Vlasak(5 kills, 5 blocks) Lily Mansfield(28 assists), Silka(7 assists,10 aces). The Vikings went on to win in five games. The fifth game finished at 25 – 18, a great effort overall.

The Vikings remain on the road for the next five games, but look for them to be home for all of Oct. during our push for the play offs. “Thank you to all our fans that have traveled a long way, your support has not gone unrecognized,” a rep said.