September 20, 2006

Hurricanes Take Aim at Playoffs

Last year, the Westhampton Beach boys' volleyball team struggled to a 4-12 record in what coach Kevin Trentkowski described as "a rebuilding year" during a recent interview. With the Hurricanes longtime setter having graduated and a new freshman setter leading the team; patience was the key word used last year as Westhampton began the process of rebuilding, rejuvenating and reloading.

This year, with no less than seven returning varsity players, the Hurricanes appear to be poised for a bounce back season. Nick Guiffre, a middle hitter who was an All-Division selection in 2005, returns for his senior season. Guiffre, a three-year varsity player, is a tremendous blocker and a threat in the front who has grown into a mature player who understands the game.

Senior Sal Argutto is an excellent outside hitter and an athletic jumper and motivator who enters his second full year on the varsity while Marc Weiss, a senior outside hitter, "has really steadily improved his game," according to Trentkowski.

The Hurricanes setter will once again be Christian LaDu, a sophomore with great potential. "He's just so mature," Trentkowski said. "Volleyball is his number one [sports] priority. When he started on this team, without any prior playing experience, it said a lot about his ability and his leadership. I look forward to watching the offense around him. We're in good hands with him."

Chris Hayes, a senior right side hitter, Bryan Newell, a senior right side hitter/possible setter, junior front row hitter James Dolber, sophomore middle hitter Ryan Duca, sophomore back row defensive specialist Frank Catanzaro and sophomore Brian Dickson, another defensive backcourt specialist round out Westhampton's 10-player squad.

"I do have high hopes for the team this year," Trentkowski said. "I'd like to see this team get into the playoffs. I could see us winning between eight and 10 games. A .500 season makes the playoffs."

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