The Pierson girls volleyball team is on a roll.
With two wins last week—making it three straight—the Lady Whalers improved to 4-1 in League VIII, second only to Shelter Island (4-0), the only league foe they’ve lost to this season. Pierson beat Greenport/Southold in a five-set match at home on September 24, winning the first set, 25-12, losing the second, 25-23, winning the third, 25-15, losing the fourth, 25-20, and winning the decisive set, 25-15.
Shannon Keane led Pierson with 26 serves, while Bridget Canavan had 22 serves. Lillian Kunzeman had 14 kills, and Tatyana Dawson had 11 kills. Libero Morgan Vaughn led the team in digs, while setter May Evjen led the team in assists.
On Friday, the Lady Whalers swept Mercy at home, winning with scores of 25-16, 25-19 and 25-14. Keane had six kills and 17 serves, while Evjen had 13 serves and more than 10 assists. Vaughn led the team with 25 digs, while defensive specialist Sydney Mitchell had five digs and 10 serves.
Head coach Donna Fischer said she has been happy with her team’s performance this year. “The team is communicating really well on the court and never giving up,” she said. “We have some strong and consistent servers, and we have a strong front row. At practice, we have been working hard fine-tuning their plays and passing game. The girls are fired up and really want to make it to playoffs this year.”
The Whalers enjoyed two shutout wins last week, beating the Knox School, 11-0, in Smithtown on September 25 before getting past Greenport, 4-0, at home on Saturday. The wins put Pierson atop the League VIII standings with a 4-0-1 record, 5-2-1 overall.
Against Knox, Jack Fitzpatrick had four goals and two assists, Drew Harvey had three goals and one assist, Charlie Pintado had two goals, Jesus Padilla had a goal and two assists, Forrest Loesch had one goal and four assists, and Ian Barrett had two assists. Duncan Bennett made two saves, both in the second half. Knox, a small private boarding school in Smithtown, is new to League VIII this year.
Pierson head coach Peter Solow said that while he expected his team to win, he didn’t expect such a dominant scoring effort.
“Knox is in a tough position,” he said. “They’re new to the league and a very small school. Also, being a boarding school, many of their kids hadn’t played together before and only arrived at the beginning of school. Having said that, I was very surprised by the result. I think they had an off day, and we showed up ready to play.”
In the win over Greenport, Fitzpatrick scored twice, while Loesch and Pintado each had a goal. Padilla, Harvey and Oliver Betts each had assists.
“I don’t think we dominated Greenport,” Solow said. “They had a solid game and controlled the ball for portions of the second half. We applied a lot of pressure early and were able to score. I’m pretty happy, because the last several games we’ve been playing with more speed and intensity. We still have a lot of work to do to keep our shape and play team defense. Fortunately, these are things we can improve on.”
The Bonackers fell to 0-3 in Division IV after a 42-6 loss at Elwood/John Glenn (2-1) on Saturday. East Hampton scored first, when Cortland Heneveld found the end zone after a 70-yard run, but Glenn responded quickly, going up 14-6 after the first quarter and never looking back, scoring its final touchdown at the end of the third quarter.
The Bonackers will visit Center Moriches (2-1) on Saturday for a 2 p.m. game and will host Southampton on October 12 at 7:15 p.m.
The Lady Mariners got their first win of the season, beating Babylon in five sets at home on September 25. The win moved the Lady Mariners to 1-4 on the season in League VII. Individual stats were not provided.