The Lindenhurst High School boys volleyball team advanced to the finals round at the New York State Division I championship tournament, held in upstate Glens Falls. They battled hard against a tough opponent-the McQuaid Jesuit team. “We put our hearts into this game and unfortunately came up short,” said senior co-captain Ryan McDonough.

Solid play from McDonough, Michael Comens, Chris DeLucie, Rob Sarneckis and Kenny Serwan kept the Bulldogs close. Lindenhurst came from behind to beat the Bethlehem team and advance to the championship match.

The Bulldogs were awarded the New York State Outstanding Sportsmanship Team Award for their conduct and performance throughout the tournament. “These student-athletes and coaches represented Lindenhurst with great honor,” said Athletic Director Anthony Amesti. “Congratulations to the New York State finalists, the Lindenhurst boys volleyball team for a job well done!”

The team earned the right to compete in the state championship by beating Massapequa in the Long Island Division I championship game. “These guys did everything right,” said assistant coach Angelo Cioffaletti. “It was truly a team win.”

The Bulldogs also defeated Sachem East to win their second straight Suffolk County championship.
“This team showed a lot of heart. They pulled themselves together and I am so proud of them,” said coach Kevin Muscarello. “They also helped restore the homes of those on the team hit hardest by Hurricane Sandy.”

The Bulldogs have become the second team in school history to win back-to-back county championships, the first being Lindenhurst's wrestling team who accomplished the feat in 1967 and 1968, according to Muscarello.