Two days after suffering a disappointing four-set loss to Sayville—the first of the league season—the East Hampton girls volleyball team bounced back with a straight-sets win at Miller Place on October 16.
It took the Lady Bonackers longer to get to their match in Miller Place than it took for them to nail down a victory as the squad swept the Lady Panthers, 25-9, 25-12 and 25-10, in less than an hour.
“They [Miller Place] went five sets with Sayville a few days prior so I was expecting a much tougher match,” East Hampton coach Kathy McGeehan said. “However, I found out after that one of their middles was injured so they [Sayville] were not at full strength. But I feel that we bounced back well after the loss to Sayville. I hoped we would show up like that.”
The win was the ninth of the season for East Hampton, which sits just half a match in front of Sayville at 8-1 in League VI.
On Saturday, the Lady Bonackers competed in the Horseheads Classic Tournament, which featured 17 teams from various classifications around the state, for the first time ever.
After the opening round of pool play, in which they finished third, the Lady Bonackers moved on to the Gold Bracket where they reached the final, losing to Warwick, 25-18, 20-25 and 15-12.
“They played very well,” McGeehan said of her team. “It came down to Warwick just had better defense at the end. Both teams were out of steam. They were tipping. We were tipping. And they picked them up and we didn’t.”
Also attending the tournament was Class B powerhouse Elwood/John Glenn, which is sure to create issues for the Lady Bonackers come the Suffolk County postseason. Glenn finished second in its opening pool play and advanced to the Championship Bracket, losing to eventual tournament champion Baldwinsville, the 2012 New York State Class AA runner-up.
The tournament, which gave the Lady Bonackers 14 sets of experience, helped McGeehan gauge where her team shines and where it still needs work heading into the home stretch of the regular season.
“At this time of year, certain things start to emerge in a team and those things are becoming very clear,” McGeehan said. “For us, we tend to struggle against teams with good ball control. The types of teams that dig our attack cause us to make errors.
She continued, “I think they are getting tougher through all the competition they’ve had. They don’t give up easily but they tend to be complacent. They don’t quite know how, especially in a tournament situation, to get up when they need to.”
East Hampton was scheduled to host Shoreham/Wading River on October 22 and will compete in a tournament at Smithtown West High School on Saturday.