Mattituck players celebrate their Suffolk County Class C semifinal victory over Greenport/Southold. The Tuckers advance to a county final for the ninth time in 11 seasons. (Credit: Garret Meade)
SUFFOLK COUNTY CLASS C SEMIFINAL | TUCKERS 25, 25, 23, 23, 25, CLIPPERS 18, 11, 25, 25, 16
What may be even more impressive than watching Emilie Reimer hit a volleyball is listening to her strike a ball. It’s a thunderous sound.
“You can hear it,” Mattituck coach Frank Massa said. “You can close your eyes and know who’s hitting the ball.”
It was a sound that was heard time and time again on Friday.
Sam Henry, one of Greenport/Southold’s eight seniors, prepares to serve. Henry made 13 digs against Bishop McGann-Mercy. (Credit: Garret Meade)
CLIPPERS 25, 25, 25, MONARCHS 13, 23, 14
Jenna Standish had been looking forward to Senior Day 2014 ever since she was a freshman. The senior outside hitter and her teammates on the Greenport/Southold high school girls volleyball team found the wait to be a worthwhile one.
Standish made a special day even more memorable by her fine all-around play as the Clippers took down Bishop McGann-Mercy in three games and eliminated the Monarchs from playoff contention on Thursday. The playoff-bound Clippers played what their coach, Mike Gunther, said was one of their best matches of the season, a 25-13, 25-23, 25-14 win in their final home match of the regular season at Greenport High School. (more…)
Mike Gunther, leading Greenport/Southold’s players in a stretching exercise during Tuesday morning’s practice, has begun his second stint as coach of the Clippers. (Credit: Garret Meade)
Mike Gunther is back.
In some ways, it may have seemed as if he had never left, but he has now officially begun his second spell as coach of the Greenport/Southold high school girls volleyball team. Gunther has taken over as coach of the Clippers from Sue Kostal, who he handed the program over to following the 2001 season. Some things have changed since then. Rally scoring was introduced in 2002 and the position of libero was later incorporated into the high school game. Gunther, 55, said he has also mellowed since he was last in charge of the Clippers, from 1999 to 2001.
Still, though, some things don’t change. (more…)