A Wild Win for the Wildcats

The Dig Pink Rally is The Side-Out Foundation’s October event that brings together volleyball players to raise funds for breast cancer research, demonstrate the power of teamwork, and show support for people with the disease.
The Dig Pink Rally is The Side-Out Foundation’s October event that brings together volleyball players to raise funds for breast cancer research, demonstrate the power of teamwork, and show support for people with the disease.

Newsday Sports writer Kenny DeJohn gives us a perfect setup for tonight's big home match against one of Suffolk’s top-ranked Girls Volleyball teams. Join the community and support our Lady Wildcats tonight for the annual Dig Pink match supporting Breast Cancer Awareness in Whitman’s North Gym vs. Connetquot @ 6PM. 

From October 3rd Newsday - By Kenny DeJohn:

It’s been a roller-coaster season for Whitman. High expectations have been met with minor letdowns along the way, but the Wildcats enjoyed a highlight on Sept. 28.

After dropping the first set to host Northport – which had just beaten Suffolk powerhouse Connetquot the week before – Whitman bounced back to take the next three sets and escape with a 3-1 win over the Tigers in Suffolk II. It was Northport’s first league loss of the season.

Whitman runs a 6-2 offense (the ratio of hitters to setters), but after setter Annabelle Novinski rolled her ankle prior to the match, Whitman was faced with either using Morgan Wagner as the only setter or getting creative. Coach Steve Greco opted for creativity.

Ally DeGaray, the team’s top hitting threat and a Division I prospect, offered to set alongside Wagner to keep the 6-2 intact. She didn’t perform poorly in the first set, but her back-row defense was sorely missed. On the fly, Greco and the Wildcats moved to a 5-1 offense for the rest of the match. It worked.

“It was packed. It was loud. We battled,” Greco said. “One of the things of being so young, to get over the hump and overcome what we did and get that much closer to playoffs. We’ve been changing the culture a lot.”

DeGaray’s final line was impressive: 17 kills, 16 digs, six assists, and five aces. Amanda DeWitt “couldn’t be blocked,” according to Greco, evidenced by her 20 kills. Wagner had 36 assists, and Maggie Neiland had 20 digs.

Whitman (4-3) couldn’t ride the momentum, dropping its next match to Lindenhurst, 3-0. But a pivotal Suffolk II matchup looms against Connetquot on Friday.

“The playoffs aren’t really something that happens here,” Greco said. “We still need two more [Suffolk II] wins.”