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Diggin’ it: Brooklyn Tech earns first girls’ volleyball crown

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The accomplishment only began to set in once the celebration was underway.

The Brooklyn Tech girls’ volleyball team’s last two seasons ended in heartbreak, but the Engineers squad and its six seniors ensured they would not go out that way again — the team beat second-seeded Midwood 25–22 and 25–21 for its first Public School Athletic League Class A girls’ volleyball crown at Long Island University’s Wellness Center on Nov. 24. The team — a 2014 top-seed — lost in the semifinals to the eventual city champions last year and the year before, so this year’s win took time to sink in.

“It doesn’t feel real,” said senior setter Jane Lynn, who had 24 assists. “We have been to the semifinals three years in a row. “[The first two times] we’ve come up short. This time, we finally went all the way. It doesn’t feel real. Third time was the charm.”

The crown was also cathartic for head coach Rosanne D’Augusta, who won a B title in 2001 coaching at Telecommunications but waited 11 years for a win at the Engineers’ helm. Former Kennedy coach Iris Bromfield hugged D’ Augusta while welcoming her to the “champion’s league.”

“I’m so elated,” D’Augusta said.” I’ve been wanting this for so long.”

Lynn and star middle hitter Victoria Plonski (15 kills, five blocks) closed to the first set strong and set the team up for a win. The first frame saw eight ties, including at 20–20 after a kill from Midwood’s Julie Greenspan and 21–21 on a service error.

But Plonski and Lynn took it from there. The two had a hand in the next four Engineers points — with help from two incredible digs from libero Cody Fung, who had 12 digs.

“When I am setting the middle, it is important to get in sync,” Lynn said. “Once you click, it just feels good in the inside. Words cannot explain.”

Brooklyn Tech jumped out 11–7 in the second set, only to see Midwood rally behind Greenspan. The Hornets went on an 8–0 run that the team capped at 15–12 when Alexandra Auteri capped fed Bryanna Fisher for a kill.

The Engineers turned to Plonski to get them going in an unusual manner — she went on a 5–0 service run that gave Brooklyn Tech a 21–18 lead after a kill from Chellsa Ferdinand, who had eight in the game. Alexandra Kusio added six kills and five digs.

“I stood behind the line, and I knew that we had to catch up to get back in the game and win,” Plonski said. “That’s what went through my head — just serve hard and in.”

The move ensured Brooklyn Tech won’t spend another season wondering what could have been.

“We decided that his would be our year,” Plonski said. “I am incredibly happy we made it our year and took it home.”

Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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