John Glenn High School’s girls volleyball team won their first state championship since 2012, defeating Hendrick Hudson at Cool Insuring Arena in Glens Falls on Nov. 21 by a 25-21, 20-25, 25-23, 25-21 score.
Highlight performances included Shannon McGrath with 39 digs, 20 kills and six aces; Diana Muniz with 60 digs; Carmela Ciriello with 40 digs, five kills and five aces; Shayna Purow with 26 assists and 13 digs; Lauren Conover with six assists and five kills; Isabella Ross with six kills; and Sarah Koerner with 15 digs. Cheering family and supporters were on hand to celebrate when the team’s bus returned to Elwood that night.
Glenn had won the county title last spring, but were unable to go further when the Long Island and state championships were canceled. This season, the undefeated 13-0 Lady Knights won their second consecutive Suffolk County Class B championship on Nov. 5, shutting out Bayport-Blue Point, then earned the Long Island championship on Nov. 13 at LIU Post with a 25-14, 20-25, 25-16, 25-16 victory over Seaford.
“It has been exciting as a coach to watch these girls play,” coach Nick Tremaroli said. “They all play with such heart and leave everything they have on the court. Even in those sets that they are down, they are able to pull together as a team and give such an increasable fight. These girls really meant it when they said they had unfinished business, and they proved that by winning the state championship. I am very proud of them and what they were able to achieve.”
The team will be recognized by the Board of Education at the Dec. 9 public meeting.