After Winning Season, Thundercolts Fall In Playoffs

DIX HILLS, New York, November 6

BY: Andrew Wroblewski

With 139.26 power points this season, the boys of the Half Hollow Hills volleyball team can proudly call themselves a top-5 team in Suffolk County. Finishing the season in fifth place, No. 5 Half Hollow Hills (9-5) entered the postseason on Friday with a trip to No. 4 Ward Melville (10-4).

However, for the second time this season, the Patriots bested the Thundercolts as they sent Half Hollow Hills to a first-round exit in straight sets, 3-0.

Looking back at the season as a whole, though, Half Hollow Hills has plenty to be proud of.

The Thundercolts started Division I play with three-straight wins over Sayville (5-9), Connetquot (8-6) and Smithtown West (7-7). From there, Half Hollow Hills faltered a bit, alternating between losses and wins in league play for the next five games. Snapping out of the funk, the playoff push began for the Thundercolts with wins over West Islip (2-12) and Lindenhurst (8-6) – a would-be playoff team. Winning two of their last four matches secured the playoff-bid for Half Hollow Hills last week.

Standouts for the Half Hollow Hills squad include Sean LeGuernic, Frank Tricamo, Tom Oliveri, Zach Schwartz, John Natalone and John Stanis, all of whom found success under Head Coach Todd Donaghy this season.

Originally published: Long Islander News: Half Hollow Hills
(Thursday, November 6, 2014; A32)

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