While it’s not really evident in the final record, the Huntington varsity girls’ volleyball team took several additional steps toward becoming one of the better squads in both the league and county this fall.
The Blue Devils compiled a 2-9 mark, but Huntington was more competitive, both in matches and tournaments and even during individual games and battles for points. The team took fourth place in tournaments at Cold Spring Harbor, Walt Whitman and Copiague.
While they didn’t have enough to get them over the top against some of the better teams in the league and county, the Blue Devils all sensed they are heading in a positive direction.
Sophomores Cat Jamison and Maddie Reed and seniors Alexandra Heuwetter and Julia Rogan led the Blue Devils. Jamison and Rogan captured All-League honors.
“Although the season has been up and down and we are losing seven seniors, with more hard work and commitment this team has great potential to go far,” head coach Lauren Visbal said.
Jamison and Rogan paced Huntington in hitting/serving while Heuwetter and Reed were tops in hitting/blocking. Seniors Rachel Moss (assists/aces) and Lindsay Saginaw (assists) made their mark, too.
Jamison is an extremely talented outside hitter. The teenager tallied 132 “kills,” 212 digs, 13 blocks and 33 aces. “Cat is an all-around top player,” Visbal said. “She has incredible work ethic and has true passion for the game. She has high stats and keeps the team united.”
Rogan also starred at outside hitter. She notched 42 “kills” and 13 aces. “Julia is a very resilient player,” Visbal said. “She knows how to bounce back from difficult situations on the court.”
Reed posted fine stats, too, with 29 “kills” and 12 blocks. “Maddie is amazing at reading the players on the other team in order to defend against them,” Visbal said. “Her speed is increasing and she is playing more aggressively.”
Heuwetter tallied 21 “kills” and nine blocks in her final season for Huntington. “Alex is extremely athletic and knows how to play the ball well on the court,” Visbal said. “She works very hard.”
Everyone who watched the Blue Devils play noticed the team has made significant strides over the past year. Opponents couldn’t take Huntington for granted as in the past.
“We performed very well at each tournament, getting to the semifinal match each time,” Visbal said. “We always lost that match, but the girls gave it their all each tournament. Everyone improved.”
Besides Rogan, Heuwetter, Moss and Saginaw the Blue Devils will be losing Myasia Gaskin, Jaime Ioppolo and Deanna Morales. Jamison, Reed, Kiara Gelbman, Mackenzie Joseph, Caroline Lenze, Shaye O’Beirne and Isabella Toscano will all be returning next fall.