Frank Massa, in his 32nd year as Mattituck High School’s girls volleyball coach, said he hasn’t made a decision on how much longer he will remain in coaching. What he does know is that he’s nearing the end of the road.
That’s just one reason a clearly delighted Massa rejoiced in Mattituck securing its sixth Long Island championship Sunday, earning the Tuckers a trip to Glens Falls for the state tournament that will be played next Saturday and Sunday. READ
Things had started off so easily for Mattituck that it was disarming when the Tuckers suddenly lost their game and were in danger of losing a match that had looked all but won.
That’s how it is with volleyball quite often, though. Without warning, momentum can shift from one side of the net to the other. Just how to win it back is the key. READ
Before going into Dig Pink mode, the Mattituck High School girls volleyball team dug something else: its first league championship in 14 years.
With a three-set win at Shelter Island Friday, Mattituck assured itself of a share of the Suffolk County League VIII title. READ
After Mattituck’s Viki Harkin finally put away a ball for the first point of the match — a long, hard-earned point — Westhampton Beach girls volleyball coach Lenny Zaloga called over to his counterpart, Frank Massa. “Frank,” he said, “this is going to be a long one.” READ
Like a superheroine, when the girl they call the “Flying Squirrel” made her return to the volleyball court, it was a triumphant one. READ
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
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
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.