Mattituck tops East Rockaway in three sets to reach state tourney

Tuckers Take First LIC Title Since 2016

Outside hitter Viki Harkin had 16 kills and three aces in Mattituck’s Long Island championship win. Independent/Desirée Keegan

For the 12th time this season, Mattituck’s girls volleyball team shut out its opponent, but this time, a Long Island Class C title came with it.

The Tuckers took the win over East Rockaway 25-14, 25-22, 25-23 at Farmingdale State College Sunday, November 11. Mattituck, which scored its first LIC title since 2016, will play in the state semifinals at Cool Insuring Arena in Glens Falls Saturday, November 17.

Outside hitter Viki Harkin led the team with 16 kills and three aces. While Mattituck has struggled during matches to maintain its energy, the team was able to put forth a stronger showing this time around, especially compared to the Suffolk County final, when Mattituck let Pierson/Bridgehampton (16-2) back into the game after being up two sets to none, before ultimately winning with a decisive fifth.

Brooke DeGuilio (18 assists, four kills) kept East Rockaway (13-3) within striking distance through the second and third set, like when East Rockaway scored five straight points to tie the third set at 17. But a strong defensive effort by libero Jordan Osler sparked several rallies. Miranda Hedges (eight assists) and Ashley Young (six assists) split the effort in setting up the offense, and Jillian Gaffga and Charlotte Keil took turns swinging.