The Huntington boys’ varsity volleyball team struggled this fall, but players gave head coach Todd Donaghy and each other 100 percent effort, putting up a battle against every opponent.
Captained by Dan Browne, Nick Inman and Chris Martin, the 14 player team finished with a 2-15 record, claiming league victories over Shoreham-Wading River and West Babylon.
“This was one of the most enjoyable seasons I’ve had in years,” said Donaghy, who took over the Blue Devil varsity program this year. “This is a great group of boys. Despite the record, they worked hard and got better from week to week.”
Huntington was led by junior Nick Inman. The outside hitter recorded 97 “kills” and shined on the court. “From what I’ve been told, Nick played limited minutes last year and never played a full rotation,” Donaghy said. “He has turned into an outstanding all-around player and is our best hitter and may even be our best passer.
The season highlight came when Huntington played powerful Half Hollow Hills and Hauppauge in the same week. “All six games were competitive and well played,” Donaghy said. “The boys were more than competitive and showed tremendous growth from the beginning of the season.”
Donaghy is looking forward to next fall. “We have a solid core of four returning,” he said. The group includes Inman, Martin, David Fredericks and Andrew Alvarado. This year’s Blue Devil squad also included seniors Samuel Biblow, Andiz Lopez and Michael Russak, junior Norman Martinez and freshmen Ben Collins, Renato Erek, Matthew Girimonti, Joseph Mead and Raul Orozco.
“I would like to see some more boys from Finley come up next season and hopefully we can get some more of the high school students involved,” Donaghy said. “I think we should see continued growth.”