Entering the season, East Hampton girls volleyball head coach Kathy McGeehan knew her team would get a run for its money against both Westhampton Beach and Sayville in the fight for the League VI title. But the Lady Bonackers now have a leg up on both of those teams, beating both in the first go around of the regular season as part of a 4-0 start that puts them atop the standings.
East Hampton started the week with a 3-0 sweep of Miller Place on the road (25-12, 25-13 and 25-20), before beating Sayville, 3-1, at home two days later (25-22, 17-25, 25-19 and 26-24). The Lady Bonackers beat Westhampton Beach in a five-set match on the road earlier in the season.
McGeehan noted that her team’s poise in the most intense parts of the match were the key to the victory over Sayville.
“The difference in the match was our ability in each of the close sets, from 20 points on, to have great ball control and no service or hitting errors in the clutch,” she said, pointing out that her team only outscored Sayville by three points over the course of the entire match.
“Sayville has the ability to score points in runs and they’re strong at the service line, very scrappy, and their outside hitters are tough to control when they get their set,” she continued. “They were really tough to block.”
Carley Seekamp led the team with 19 kills and nine digs, while Cassidy Walsh had 13 kills and 10 digs. Katie Brierley finished with 19 digs, and Lydia Budd had 27 assists.
Against a weaker Miller Place team, East Hampton dominated for an easy win.
“I thought we focused on taking care of the ball on our side and although the pace of the match was slow, we played our game,” McGeehan said.
Budd had 25 assists and 12 digs, Seekamp finished with eight kills and 11 digs, Walsh had seven kills and nine digs, Brierley finished with 10 digs, and Kate Kavanaugh had four aces.
McGeehan said the hot start for her team has been nice to see.
“Starting off with victories against Sayville and Westhampton is what we worked so hard over the summer and preseason for,” she said. “Hopefully, the team will continue to work hard to be ready to face the challenge the second time around.”
East Hampton was scheduled to play in a tournament at Eastport South Manor on Saturday, September 27, and host Amityville on Monday, September 29, at 5 p.m.
The Lady Whalers fell to 1-3 in League VIII, 1-5 overall, with their third straight 3-0 loss last week.
Pierson was downed 25-20, 25-16 and 25-18 at home against Shelter Island (3-0) on September 17 before losing to Stony Brook. Pierson was missing both its starting middles—Nia Dawson and Chloe Schindler—in the loss to Stony Brook, and had several players playing out of position.
In the loss to Shelter Island, Shannon Keane and Schindler each had two kills, while libero Morgan Vaughn had 20 digs and two aces. Keane finished with three aces.
The Southampton girls soccer team fell to 0-3 in League VI, 0-5 overall, following a pair of 7-0 losses last week; they fell at home to Mount Sinai last Thursday, September 18, and to Bayport/Blue Point two days earlier, also on their home turf.
Southampton was scheduled to visit Elwood/John Glenn on Tuesday, September 23, and will host Shoreham/Wading River on Monday, September 29, at 4:30 p.m., before traveling to East Hampton for a 4:30 p.m. game on Wednesday, October 1.