It was an up-and-down week for the Westhampton Beach girls volleyball team, with many of the highs and lows all coming in a close, competitive 3-2 loss at home to East Hampton on September 10.
After taking the first two sets with identical 25-16 scores, the Lady Hurricanes wound up losing the match after the Lady Bonackers stormed back to take the final three sets, 25-19, 25-21, 29-27.
Westhampton Beach head coach Lenny Zaloga explained that his players were in the rhythm in the first two sets and were able to keep the ball away from East Hampton’s top hitter, Carley Seekamp. But in the third set, East Hampton began to pass the ball much better, getting Seekamp more involved.
Even after losing the third and fourth sets, the Lady Hurricanes (1-1 in League VI, 2-1 overall) battled with the Lady Bonackers throughout the fifth and deciding set. Westhampton Beach had three different chances to win the match, especially when the game went into a tiebreaker and the Lady Hurricanes held a 27-26 lead. East Hampton, though, found a way to pull out the come-from-behind victory.
“We had our chances to win the match. For some reason, we stopped being aggressive and gave them easier balls to set up their big hitter,” Zaloga said. “It was a rough loss.”
Sarah Culver finished the match with 17 kills, Sarena Choi had 13 kills, Lauren Lorefice recorded 14 assists, and Shea Casey tallied 23 assists.
The Lady Canes bounced back from their rough loss to East Hampton with a 3-0 victory at Amityville on Friday. Westhampton Beach played many of its reserves in the 25-15, 25-18, 25-14 win. Shannon Hewlett led the team with five kills, while Katy Parry had four kills. Kayleigh Walker finished with 12 assists, Brittany Paladino had 10 assists, and Isabelle Smith recorded nine digs.
The Eastport South Manor girls volleyball team made quick work of its competition last week, winning both of its matches by 3-0 scores. The Lady Sharks won, 25-13, 25-11, 25-6, at Huntington on September 9, then won, 25-19, 25-8, 25-12, at Rocky Point on Thursday, September 11.
ESM (2-0 in League V, 2-0 overall) got offense from multiple players in the victory over Huntington. Kristen Bohnenblusch led ESM with nine kills, while Stephanie Ogeka had six kills. Brianna Cunha and Jessica Nicholson each had five kills, and Jena Nason and Jessica Edwards each had four kills. Daniela Detore had 14 assists, and Gabby Giamarino had eight assists.
ESM had a little bit of a hiccup in the first set of the Rocky Point match, with five straight service errors, allowing the Lady Eagles to take an 11-6 lead. Following a timeout by head coach Don Consorte, though, ESM got back on track and went on to take the match.
The Lady Baymen remained undefeated last week after a pair of 3-0 victories. After defeating Southampton, 25-5, 25-7, 25-21, at home on September 9, Hampton Bays defeated Center Moriches, 25-17, 25-20, 25-20, at home on Thursday, September 11.
Alex Maitland-Ward had 10 kills and Jean Louise Catena added seven aces in the victory over Southampton. Maitland-Ward and Meghan Harris added eight kills in the win over Center Moriches, while Catena had 11 digs and seven aces. Alexis Fotopoulos and Riess Lovett each had nine assists.
Hampton Bays (2-0 in League VII, 4-0 overall) also competed in the Mattituck Tournament on Saturday. The Lady Baymen went 12-0 in pool play but lost to host Mattituck in the semifinals. “I just think we ran out of steam toward the end,” Hampton Bays head coach Andy Fotopoulos said. “We weren’t as focused against Mattituck, who we had beaten twice in pool play. We had a great tournament, though.”
ON THE SCHEDULE: Westhampton Beach—Thursday, 9/18, vs. Mt. Sinai, 4:30 p.m.; Monday, 9/22, at Miller Place, 4:15 p.m.; Tuesday, 9/23, vs. Shelter Island, 4:30 p.m. ESM—Friday, 9/19, vs. Hauppauge, 4:30 p.m.; Tuesday, 9/23, at Islip, 5:45 p.m. Hampton Bays—Friday, 9/19, vs. Mattituck, 5:45 p.m.; Tuesday, 9/23, vs. Babylon, 4:30 p.m.