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More Glory for Volleyball Squad, Milestone for Coach

The Conference AA-I girls’ volleyball regular season has come to an end with Massapequa High School waltzing to another title and with it, as of press time, an undefeated record in conference play.

In recent action, the Lady Chiefs have taken convincing victories over such conference foes as MacArthur, Calhoun, and Hicksville, while finding tougher going in tournament play.

On Oct. 16, Massapequa fell to St. Anthony’s, 2-1 in the finals of the Half Hollow Hills West tournament. Earlier, on Oct. 9, the Lady Chiefs lost another close contest to Burnt Hills High School in the finals of the John Glenn/Northport Invitational.

However, Massapequa continues to have its way with Conference AA-I opponents. During October, the Lady Chiefs had shutout victories over Calhoun, Hicksville, and Farmingdale, while taking a 3-1 win over MacArthur on Oct. 12.

The MacArthur triumph was special since it marked the 300th career win for head coach Carolann Habeeb. Ms. Habeeb has been coaching at Massapequa since 1988 and all of her wins have come with a program that she has turned into the gold standard of Long Island volleyball.

Star performer Samantha Berna had nine kills and five service aces to pace Massapequa in the MacArthur victory. In the shutout win over Hicksville, Ms. Berna had 15 kills. Also starring for Massapequa in recent wins has been Joanne Josephson who had eight kills, four blocks, and four aces in the win over Calhoun and nine kills in the 3-0 shutout win over Calhoun.

A Fast Start

The Lady Chiefs started the 2010 campaign with convincing wins over Farmingdale, Calhoun, Hicksville, and MacArthur High Schools. In fact, in all four contests, Massapequa won all three quarters to post 3-0 shutout victories. Samantha Berna has emerged as the squad’s scoring star. In the Farmingdale game, she had 11 kills, a performance that was followed up with 13 kills in the Hicksville win and 12 kills and 19 digs in the win over MacArthur. In the win over Calhoun, Joanne Josephson had six kills and five service aces to pace the Lady Chiefs.

As of press time, Masssapequa was 11-0 in conference play, a good four games ahead of second place Long Beach as they head into playoff action.