The Huntington girls’ volleyball team is looking for consistency. If the Blue Devils can find it, they appear capable of reaching the post-season and surprising more than a few Suffolk opponents.
Huntington has a talented lineup, to be sure. The team features a mix of seniors and underclassmen. Captained by Julia Rogan and Lindsay Saginaw, the Blue Devils are coached by Lauren Visbal.
There’s more interest in the Huntington volleyball program than at any other time in recent memory. The Blue Devil varsity includes many superb athletes, including several who have gained considerable experience playing on club teams and attending camps. Visbal believes that if the players on the floor can work together, there’s no limit to what the group can accomplish.
“The program has grown so much over the past couple of years and we have a very powerful offense with a strong defense that allows us to be unstoppable on the court,” Saginaw said. “The team also has an amazing dynamic and I am so excited to see what we can accomplish this season.”
Huntington girls' volleyball players
are a tightknit group. (Darin Reed photo.)
Huntington opened the fall campaign last Thursday, dropping a non-league contest to Centereach, 3-1. The four games were all close, with Centereach grabbing the first one, 25-18 and the Blue Devils winning the second by a 25-22 score. Centereach rallied to capture the final two games, 25-19 and 25-20.
The Blue Devils didn’t let the outcome keep them down for long. The next day the team overwhelmed league foe North Babylon in three consecutive games, 25-23, 25-8 and 25-16.
At the Nassau vs. Suffolk tournament on Saturday at Cold Spring Harbor, Huntington took a few more steps forward, generally playing well while also discovering where it needs to sharpen its efforts.
Huntington defeated Cold Spring Harbor (25-20 and 25-16), Brentwood (25-19 and 25-22) and Oceanside (25-17 and 25-19) and dropped two games apiece to Suffolk power Northport and skilled Manhasset in pool play. Seeded No. 3 in the playoff bracket, the Blue Devils again topped Cold Spring Harbor, 2-1 before falling to Manhasset in the semifinals, 2-0. “We had an eight point lead in the second game and lost it, but it was still a great day,” Visbal said. “We know what we need to improve on.”
Rogan and Saginaw are joined on the team by fellow seniors Alexandra Heuwetter, Rachel Moss, Jaime Iopollo, Deanna Morales and Myasia Gaskin; juniors Caroline Lenze, Mackenzie Joseph and Shaye O’Beirne and sophomores Cat Jamison, Maddie Reed and Isabella Toscano
“We have a lot of talent on the team this year and I think that we are going to have a great season,” Reed said.