The PSAL city volleyball final is shaping up to potentially be an all-Island affair after both Tottenville and undefeated McKee/Staten Island Tech gained the semifinals with victories earlier this week.

The No. 13 Pirates finished the regular season with an 8-2 record and then reeled off a trio of playoff triumphs, topping the likes of No. 20 Francis Lewis (2-1), No. 4 Hillcrest (2-1), and No. 21 Richmond Hill (2-0) en route to Thursday’s semifinal showdown with top seed Fort Hamilton at York College at 5 p.m.

On the other side of the bracket, the No. 2 Seagulls ran the table with a perfect 10-0 mark during the season and only needed a pair of wins to reach the semis after earning a first round bye, though they’ve upended No. 18 Cleveland (2-0) and No. 7 Metropolitan Campus (2-1) along the way to their Thursday bout with No. 6 Hunter — also at York College, at 5:45 p.m.

The winners will advance to the final on Tuesday at Queens College.

“This group has been together for three years, they are a family, they do everything together,” said Tottenville coach Brian Fourman. “They’re always together, it’s been great to watch that brotherhood form.”

Senior captain Noah Sherman has led the way with 76 assists during the playoff run, while Daniel Belotsky and Chiebuka Ndukumba have teamed for 47 kills.

“We’re a very young team, we only have two seniors starters,” explained Fourman. “Noah Sherman has been a leader, he’s been tremendous this entire season in keeping the guys together.”

Nathaniel Harrison posted six blocks and six kills in the quarterfinal bout against Richmond Hill — which Fourman called “the best game of his career”.

“Personally, I think we’ve already exceeded expectations,” said Fourman. “I knew we had some skilled players, but it’s all clicking now at the right time.”

As for knocking off the No. 1 seed, Fourman feels his team is up for the challenge.

“We’re confident we can compete,” he said. “If we get our “A” game, I see no reason why we can’t pull the upset.”


The St. Joseph-by-the-Sea 4x400 relay team (left) set a new school record at the 52nd Annual Louck's Games.

The St. Joseph-by-the-Sea 4×400 relay team (left) set a new school record at the 52nd Annual Louck’s Games.

St. Joseph-by-the-Sea’s 4×400 relay team erased a nearly decade old school record over the weekend at the 52nd Annual Glenn D. Louck’s Games held at White Plains HS.

The foursome of Kenneth Dias (51.2), Hudson Scanni (51.2), Steven Anzalone (49.9), and Jason Marchese (50.7) combined to run the event in 3:23.00, good enough for fourth place, though the mark outdid the previous school record of 3:25.25 set in 2010.

The relay ranks 10th all-time on Staten Island and is currently ranked sixth in New York State.


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