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Susan Wagner girls' volleyball team powers way to PSAL quarters

The Susan Wagner girls' varsity volleyball team is headed to the PSAL A quarterfinals once again.

That after the No. 6-seeded Falcons, who have gone to the quarters every year since 2008, recorded a 2-0 second-round playoff victory over No. 22 Bayard Rustin Tuesday evening at home.

The unbeaten Falcons (16-0) advanced to Thursday's quarters on the road against No. 3 Brooklyn Tech.

Coach Marco Altieri's crew went untested Tuesday, winning 25-9 and 25-10.

Christina Carlo racked up 14 service points, 10 digs and five aces, while Gina Tabone added seven digs and five service points. Jessica Noel (12 assists) and Antonia Greco split eight service points. Sarah Chung had six kills.

For Altieri, the win comes at a tough time in his personal life.

"My wife (Dotty) just came out of the hospital after about two weeks ago and this group has been really amazing," he said. "They're like a second family to me.

"My wife is going to be fine. She's our biggest fan."

Altieri said his wife had some complications with her gallbladder and was in Staten Island University Hospital for about a week and then was moved to Lennox Hill.

"The kids kept telling me 'family first,' said Altieri. "I've gotten food sent to the house, cards, texts, emails, etc."