Immediately after one drama ended, another began.
To see players crying on Bayport-Blue Point’s side of the volleyball net could be expected. The Phantoms, after all, had just lost. But there were also tears on Mattituck’s side, where the Tuckers had congregated in a victory pile. They were tears of joy, however. READ
The Mattituck High School girls volleyball team knows there’s no place like home. So the Tuckers kept telling themselves that, clicked their heels together and their wish appears to have come true.
By wrapping up its regular season Monday night with a 25-15, 25-16, 25-11 road win over Hampton Bays, Mattituck secured second place in Suffolk County League VII. But, more importantly, the Tuckers also earned what coach Frank Massa believes will be a home Suffolk Class B playoff match against Bayport-Blue Point on Nov. 2. READ
How Mattituck fares against Bayport-Blue Point in the upcoming Suffolk County Class B girls volleyball playoffs just might come down to home-court advantage.
Two weeks ago, the Tuckers surprised the defending state champions at home, 3-1, in a League VII match. READ
Not all wins are equal. Some are bigger, and harder to come by, than others. And some wins are just monumental.
The Mattituck High School girls volleyball team experienced the latter, not once, but twice within a 13-day span. READ
Viki Harkin is not the same volleyball player she was last year. The difference could be described in one word: confidence.
Confidence can work wonders. READ
The girl wearing the white University of Tennessee volleyball T-shirt who was smacking the ball with thunderous authority during practice last Wednesday doesn’t play for the Volunteers. At least not yet.
Perhaps one day soon, though. READ
The final, lasting — and amazing, really — images of Mattituck’s 2016 high school girls volleyball season are of the Tuckers trading blows and going toe to toe with perennial power Elwood/John Glenn in a Suffolk County Class B outbracket match. READ
They call her, for good reason, “The Flying Squirrel.”
More than anything, it’s a reference to Viki Harkin’s athleticism. At 5-foot-5, she has a vertical leap that can catch opponents by surprise, just like she has caught people by surprise with her ascension on the volleyball court.
Frank Massa, the Mattituck High School girls volleyball coach, was in the school’s weight room one day this past winter when athletic director Gregg Wormuth walked in.
“Frank, I hate to do this, but I’m going to ruin your day,” said Wormuth.
They say good things are worth waiting for. The Mattituck High School girls volleyball team had waited long enough for this milestone. READ