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Top 10 Long Island Boys Volleyball Teams Mid-Season Ranking for 2019

1. Sachem North High School “Determined, Together, Focused”

About the team: They bring a lot of experience to the court with five out of their

seven starters being competitors in last year's State Tournament. These players include AJ Fitzgerald, Mark Williams, John Curaro, CJ Johnson, and Chris Lenhert. They are last year’s Long Island Championship winners.

Coaches insight: This season we have picked up right where we left off at the end of last year. Continuing  to be one of the best teams on the Island. Our two senior outside hitters Mark Williams and AJ Fitzgerald receive the bulk of the work load this year on the pins and are proving to be tough to stop. Senior setter CJ Johnson runs the offense well with Junior libero John Curaro manning the serve receive and defensive side of the ball. Curaro has been outstanding this year stepping into the starting role after splitting time last year proving to be a top Libero on the Island. We have been off to a good start but still looking to improve upon our performance even more. We look to be atop of the Island again and competing for a State Title. 

Season Record: 7-0

2. Lindenhurst High School “All In Together”

About the team: They have a diverse mix of veteran varsity players and young players. They bring a lot of club experience to the court as seven players compete on nationally competitive club teams.

Coaches Insight: Our players are hungry for a title, especially our senior class. Senior leaders are Finn McCandless and Kyle Governanti

Season Record: 6-1

3. Connetquot High School "Resilient, cohesive, hungry"

About the team: They have a mix of Senior leaders and a couple sophomores starters who have stepped up thus far. They have been to the playoffs but never really deep.

Captains Insight: Play for each other and treat every play like its you last.

Season Record: 6-1

4. Northport High School "Goal Oriented, Supportive"

About the team: 7 returning players including Senior starters Ryan Parker, Andrew Diaz, and Sophomore Zach Zdrojeski. The team finished in the final four in Suffolk County last year.

Captains Insight: We have really strong pins and our passing/team chemistry has improved exponentially. When we are fully healthy we are a very difficult team to beat.

Season Record: 3-2

5. Eastport South Manor High School "Young, Talented, Ready"

About the team: They have a young team, including 5 Sophomores. Two starters saw major time at last year's Long Island Championship.

Coaches Insight: Since this is my first full year, its more breaking my boys into a new system and way to train. With that, it is a building year, to develop a culture, attitude and work ethic that will take us to the next level. we don't have a lot of experience at the varsity level but they're adjusting quickly and hope by the time playoffs roll around we'll be able to make a serious run at a championship. Only two starters saw major time at the LIC's last year.

Season Record: 5-2

6. Smithtown West High School "Relentless, Passionate, Cerebral"

About the team: Only two players with playoff experience.

Coaches Insight: “I think we can compete for a championship if we keep trending in the right direction, we are a young team who has some all county players on it.”

Season Record: 4-2

7. Plainview-Old Bethpage JFK High School "Determine, Talented, Unselfish"

About the team: They are the defending Nassau County Champions with 5 players on the team having playoff experience.

Coaches Insight: “We have a balanced attack, with five hitters who each have at least 35+ kills each on the season. Junior Outside hitter Matt Vulin is leading the way with 63, our other outside hitter, senior Sean Vieira has 45 kills on the season. Returning starters from last season's team, middles Matt Kim and Matt Bernstein have combined for 92 kills so far. Senior right-side hitter Alex Aldorosio has 48 kills as well. Setter Ido Moriah does a fantastic job running the offense and distributing the ball to all five hitters to keep the defense guessing. The defense is anchored by Ethan Brandwein; Ethan leads the team with 62 digs and may be one of the best passers in the county.”

Season Record: 8-0

8. Massapequa High School "Hungry, Disciplined, Cohesive"

About the team: The team is comprised of 6 Seniors and 9 Juniors

Coaches Insight: “Their team chemistry is undeniably present and their discipline on and off the court makes them wonderful student-athletes. It's a pleasure to coach them! Most of my players are versatile players who are pressed daily to play various positions, which makes us a well-rounded team.”

Season Record: 5-1

9. Commack High School “Determined, Agile, Resilient”

About the team: The team is comprised of 7 Seniors, they made it to the playoffs last year for the first time in approximately 8 years.

Captains Insight: We work really hard in practice and look for spots during games.

Season Record: 7-1

10. East Hampton High School "Creative, Aggressive, Determined"

About the team: The starting lineup is very similar to last year. 6 of the 7 starters on the team have been on varsity for 4 years now, and one has been on varsity for 3. All but the one who played for 3 years were starters last year. 5 of the starters are seniors and 2 are juniors.

Coaches Insight: We do have experience, my Outside Logan Gurney has been my starting outside for four years now. My middle Clark Miller has been starting for 3 years. My other middle Cole Jowers, outside Luc Campbell, started last year, and my opposite Henry Garneau is a starter for the first time. My setter has been starting for 4 years, but initially was my libero and has now become my setter. In terms of playoff experience we had lost to Hauppauge two years in a row and then didn’t make playoffs last year, we were 2-12.

Season Record: 6-2

Honorable Mentions

Bayshore 4-3

Long Beach High School 7-1

Oceanside 7-0

West Hampton Beach High School 4-3

Oceanside 7-0

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