It was a good week for the East Hampton girls volleyball team. The Lady Bonackers improved to 3-0 in League VI, 4-0 overall, with three dominant sweeps, beating Mount Sinai on Monday, September 16, Miller Place at home two days later, and Bayport/Blue Point on the road Friday in a non-league game.
Against Miller Place, the Lady Bonackers won with scores of 25-7, 25-13 and 25-16.
Head coach Kathy McGeehan said she was happy to see her team cut down on errors that had hampered her team in wins over Westhampton Beach and Mount Sinai. East Hampton had only nine team service errors on 64 attempts and nine attack errors on 63 attempts.
Raya O’Neal led the team with 12 kills and 12 assists, Jenna Budd had five aces and 18 digs, and Katie Brierely had 20 digs. Lydia Budd had 18 assists.
The Bayport match was a good measuring stick for East Hampton, as the Phantoms, while they play in League VII, are a Class B team like East Hampton and could be a potential playoff opponent. McGeehan was happy once again with her team’s effort. “I thought the team played so fluid and together,” she said. “I would say it was a very solid effort, good serving and passing, and our offense is starting to gel.”
O’Neal had 15 kills on 31 attempts with only two errors, and Lydia Budd had 17 assists. Cassidy Walsh and Carley Seekamp each had six kills, and Brierley and Jenna Budd also passed and served well, according to McGeehan.
The Lady Bonackers traveled to Eastport South Manor for an invitational on Saturday, and they were one of 16 teams in attendance. The teams were split into four pools of four teams. East Hampton played against William Floyd, Riverhead and Connetquot, and finished 4-2, second to 5-1 Connetquot. In the quarterfinals of the playoffs, East Hampton beat Class AA school Half Hollow Hills in a three-set match, winning the third set, 15-13. East Hampton squared off against Ward Melville in the semifinals, losing by scores of 25-20 and 25-17.
“We ran out of steam in the semifinals,” McGeehan said. “We just couldn’t pass well enough to get into any rhythm. Our legs looked tired, and we started tipping and shooting the ball on offense instead of attacking. We couldn’t receive their jump float serves well, and we had a bunch of service, passing and attacking errors.”
The Bonackers went 1-2 in a trio of 3-0 matches last week to move to 2-2 on the season in Division I, 2-3 overall.
After getting shut out 3-0 by Center Moriches on Monday, September 16, the Bonackers rebounded with a 3-0 win over Class AA school Commack. East Hampton won with scores of 25-17, 27-25 and 28-26. Henry Whitney led the team with 10 kills, while Pete Shilowich had six and Robert Anderson had five. Brady Yusko had 22 assists.
In the loss to Half Hollow Hills, East Hampton lost by scores of 25-13, 25-17 and 25-20.
ON THE SCHEDULE: Girls—Tuesday, 9/24, at Sayville, 5 p.m.; Thursday, 9/26, at Shoreham/Wading River, 5 p.m.; Saturday, 9/28, at tournament, 8 a.m.; Wednesday, 10/2, at Amityville, 5 p.m. Boys—Tuesday, 9/24, at Hauppauge, 5 p.m.; Saturday, 9/28, at tournament, 8 a.m.; Monday, 9/30, vs. Bay Shore, 5 p.m.; Wednesday, 10/2, at West Islip, 6:15 p.m.