You know that new car smell?
Greenport/Southold has a new volleyball smell.
Evidence of that newness is seen from the new gym floor on the Porters’ home court at Greenport High School to the school’s new volleyball setup (posts, net, referee stand included) to new uniforms to new balls and even to new players.
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
A wave of emotion swept over the members of the Mattituck High School girls volleyball team Monday when they heard the disturbing news that their beloved coach, Frank Massa, had suffered a heart attack on Saturday. Tears were shed, players said.
On Thursday, the Tuckers responded in a different way when they stepped on the court for their playoff match against perennial power Elwood/John Glenn. The consensus was that had Massa been present to watch the match, he would have been beaming with pride.
A reporter fully aware of the situation but feeling a bit mischievous, asked coach Mike Gunther what his Greenport/Southold high school girls volleyball team had to do to make it into the playoffs.
“Wait until next year,” was Gunther’s quick-witted reply.
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.
Dig Pink? Dig this.
The Mattituck High School girls volleyball team dug its special black uniforms with the pink numbers and lettering for its annual Dig Pink match on Monday. Meanwhile, coach Frank Massa must have dug the way his team played.
The Mattituck High School girls volleyball team began the second half of the season Thursday the same way it opened the season — with a three-set win over Southampton.
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.
Has a high school girls volleyball team ever been as happy about a 1-5 record as Mattituck was?
Possibly not, but consider where that sole win was earned — at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Championships in Glens Falls, N.Y. READ
They say good things are worth waiting for. The Mattituck High School girls volleyball team had waited long enough for this milestone. READ