Prior to the final game of the regular season, scheduled for Wednesday, November 4, the Westhampton Beach boys volleyball team was in a state of limbo regarding its playoff status in League I. The Hurricanes sat in 14th place in the league—which includes all the boys volleyball teams in Suffolk County—prior to Wednesday’s game against Bay Shore. The Hurricanes (8-7, 99.860 power points) would have likely gotten enough of a boost in the standings from a win over ninth-place Bay Shore (9-6, 119.820) to vault into top 12 and thus earn a playoff spot. A loss, however, would have eliminated the Canes from playoff contention.
If the Hurricanes advanced to the playoffs, coverage of the postseason will be in next week’s edition.
On Wednesday, October 28, the Canes kept their playoff dreams alive with a 3-1 win at Sachem East, a team that was ranked a few spots below them prior to their game. Westhampton Beach lost the first set 25-22 and then won the final three sets with scores of 25-16, 25-21 and 26-24.
Westhampton Beach head coach Jackie Reed said the entire team played well but she gave credit in particular to senior middle Connor O’Rourke.
“He was unstoppable in the middle,” she said. “It was good to see him come out of his shell like that and take the team on his shoulders as a senior and a captain. I was very proud of him for doing that.”
O’Rourke finished with 17 kills and setter Cody Owen had 34 assists. Kyle McEvoy led the team on defense with 20 digs.
“All around they played very well,” Reed said. “They hustled and did the things we were focusing on in practice.”
Earlier in the week, the Canes suffered a 3-0 loss at home against Commack on Monday, October 26. Commack won 25-16, 26-24, 25-17 although Reed was not disappointed in the way her team played against the Cougars, who were in good standing to earn a playoff spot.
“They were clearly the better team than us,” she said.
The boys volleyball playoffs were scheduled to begin on Friday, November 6, with first-round games at the higher seed’s home court at 6 p.m.