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While the summer drifts slowly away, the fall begins, and so does Schreiber High School girls volleyball. The varsity has struggled for the past few seasons, failing to make the playoffs last year. They have already had two games this season and have split the two with one win and one loss. The first game was on Sept. 12 against the team from Valley Stream Central. The Lady Vikings played like champions, playing crisp, clean ball and taking the match easily in three games. In the next game on Sept. 18, the team played a very strong Freeport squad. Even though the games were six days apart, the girls failed to lose any of their swaggers, losing a nail-biting five set match. "This game was really one that illustrates what kind of team we are. We play hard and have the players needed to win. This is one of the best groups of girls I have ever coached," said Coach Giamanco about the game against Freeport. The team is also assisted by Kristina Shackel. The Lady Vikings also have veteran leadership from its two captains, Gail Izzo and Jolie Signorelie. The team also has many young players including four freashmen, Lauren Hanat, Carrie Raymond, Lindsay Byrne and Bergindon McCurty. The squad also has five returning players from last year including, Nicole DeMeo and Regina Davis. The team will play 12 more games and need to win their conference to advance to the playoffs. It won't be easy though, with hard-hitting competition such as Uniondale, Lawrence, Farmingdale and Elmont. With taller and faster players this year, the playoffs aren't so far off. Clutch playing and smart tactics could lead to a conference championship and maybe even further. The team has great chemistry both on and off the court and is worthy of coming down and supporting starting on Sept. 30 at Schreiber High School. The Lady Vikings is ready to slam down its opponents and hopefully have a successful and enjoyable year.

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