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Glenn takes LI Class B girls volleyball title with hard-fought win over Seaford

It turns out that business is not yet finished for the Glenn girls volleyball team.

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The team adopted the motto of ‘unfinished business’ before the season, referring to getting a shot to win the Long Island championship after the COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of Long Island and state championships in the spring.

They took care of that Saturday at LIU Post, beating Seaford, 25-14, 20-25, 25-16, 25-16, to capture the Long Island class B title.

Now it’s on to Glens Falls and the chance for a state title. Pool play begins Saturday morning.

“Our goal is definitely to do well and win next week,” Shannon McGrath said. “We’ve been looking into the competition and seeing what the other teams are doing because winning states is as far as we can go and to be the best we can.”

McGrath had 18 kills, Isabella Ross had nine kills and three blocks, Shayna Purow had 27 assists and Diana Muniz had 58 digs for Glenn (12-0).

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“But winning today does still mean everything to us,” McGrath said. “We knew we needed to take advantage of the opportunity and do everything we could with it and I think we did that today.”

Glenn got off to a quick start, never trailing in the first set. Seaford (15-4) returned the favor in the second set, getting out to a 14-8 lead before the Knights could close the gap, eventually tying it at 20. But the Vikings rattled off five straight points to even the match.

In the third and fourth sets, both teams traded points until Glenn was able to take advantage late in each to secure the win.

“I think we were really able to use our experience,” McGrath said. “We’ve had a lot more touches — we’ve all played club together, too, so we just had more competitive experience with our senior group.”

Now, on to that last piece of unfinished business.

“It’s everyone’s dream to be able to go to states,” Ross said. “To be able to do it with this group of girls is the best feeling in the world.”

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