KNIGHTS 25, 25, 25, TUCKERS 10, 15, 14
If the Elwood/John Glenn High School girls volleyball team keeps going the way it has, its gym is going to run out of wall space for all those championship banners the Knights win. As it is, not all of John Glenn’s banners are hanging in the gym.
John Glenn has an aura about it, and it’s not as much about respectability as outright awe.
For good reason, too. Look at the team’s résumé: six state championships, 12 consecutive Long Island titles, and 20 straight league crowns, with a 21st on the horizon. John Glenn coach Kevin Harrington believes the team’s last league loss was about 15 years ago. Fifteen years!
No question about it, John Glenn is good.
Visiting Mattituck knew what it was in for Thursday when it entered the lair of the defending New York State Class B champions and the undefeated Suffolk County League VII leaders.
The result wasn’t surprising. What was interesting was that Mattituck did not play all that badly, and yet was swept in three games, 25-10, 25-15, 25-14.
Harrington was irked by the play of his team, saying there were too many unforced errors and the seven service errors the Knights committed were on the high side.
The weapons in John Glenn’s arsenal were numerous. Stephanie Viteritti collected 17 assists, 6 services aces and 1 kill. She also went 11 for 11 from the service line. Eleven of John Glenn’s 32 kills came from Simi Familusi, a fearsome hitter. Grace Cergol provided the Knights, who picked up their ninth league win in as many matches, with 12 assists as well as 3 aces and 3 kills.
It wasn’t a good statistical day for Mattituck (7-6, 5-5), which put away only 4 kills and 1 ace. The Tuckers kept themselves as close as they did by missing only two serves. Shannon Dwyer had 3 kills, 3 dinks and a block for the Tuckers.
Mattituck, a Class C team, needs one win from its final two matches against Bishop McGann-Mercy and Bayport-Blue Point in order to earn an automatic playoff berth.