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Volleyball Team Marches On

Season Ends in Disappointment for Massapequa Baseball

In local high school sports, it has been the Massapequa boys’ volleyball squad, which has taken the glory this spring.

 

The Chiefs finished the season with a 16 and 0 undefeated record. They marched into the Conference II playoffs and promptly dispatched of Uniondale, 3-0 in a May 21 home game. On Tuesday, they defeated Long Beach in a semifinal contest to advance to the county finals.

The Chiefs played Port Washington last Wednesday night in the title game. That took place too late for coverage in this week’s paper, but reports of further glory by the volleyball squad will appear in next week’s edition of The Massapequan Observer.

Not only does Massapequa win its games, it also, as the scores suggest, wins all the matches within those contests. In the win over Uniondale, the Chiefs won 25-11, 25-16, and 25-14 for the sweep. The scores of previous matches were remarkably similar.

All year long, the potent brother duo of Brian and Christian Smith has sparked the Chiefs. Chris Husmann and Joe Calder have also starred on offense. In the win over Uniondale, Husmann had five digs, three blocks, and six kills to pace the Chiefs. In the May 17 win over Syosset, Vinny DelGiudice had 27 digs in another 3-0 sweep.

Earlier, in April, Massapequa won the Plainview JFK Tournament, defeating Port Washington, 2-0, in the finale. Christopher Husmann was named tournament MVP and Christian Smith was selected to the All-Tournament team.

Meanwhile, the boys baseball squad, long a power on the Long Island diamonds, suffered through a sub-par year.

As the playoffs approached, it appeared the Chiefs, struggling through a .500 year, had their big bats back in action. On May 11 and 13, the Chiefs swept a two-game series with East Meadow, winning the latter game, 10-6. Earlier, on May 6 and 10, Massapequa gave a similar drubbing to Mepham, winning two straight games by convincing 11-2 and 13-8 scores.

But the winning streak came to an end in the playoffs. Massapequa squared off with Bellmore JFK in a best-of-three Conference AA-1 playoff contest. There, Bellmore used stellar pitching to shut down the Chiefs offense and take both games, 4-1 and 5-2, ending Massapequa’s 2010 season.

For the year, Kevin Flecker supplied the power with three home runs. On the pitching mound, Dan Minero and Tony Turano both sported 2-0 records, while Andrew Alesi went 3-2.