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Sep 12, 2017 12:16 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Lady Canes Volleyball Has Been Dominant Early On; East Hampton Shows Improvement

Westhampton Beach senior Shannon Hewlett digs a ball. DREW BUDD
Sep 12, 2017 12:33 PM

The Westhampton Beach girls volleyball team is not taking anything for granted this season—and it shows on the scoreboard.

The Lady Hurricanes are off to a 3-0 start, having defeated Shoreham/Wading River, Amityville and, most recently, East Hampton on Friday at home. They haven’t lost a set yet, but the Lady Bonackers gave Westhampton Beach its toughest match thus far, with set scores of 25-20, 25-22, 25-20.

East Hampton (1-2 League VI) has significantly improved from a season ago, Westhampton Beach head coach Lenny Zaloga said: “They have a really good hitter in Mikela Junemann, and, as with typical East Hampton teams, their ball control is very good. They don’t make a lot of unforced errors. They dig a lot of balls.

“I really didn’t expect them to be as good as they were,” he added. “They really made me nervous, which is why I played all of my starters for the entire match. They were tough.”

Zaloga had compliments for his own players as well. Emma Marino recorded 24 assists, and Zaloga said it was the senior’s best match she’s played at the varsity level so far. Senior Shannon Hewlett had 14 kills, and junior Cortina Green finished with 11. Sophomore Isabelle Smith recorded 29 digs, and senior Smiltene Jankunaite had three blocks.

Junemann finished with a team-high 12 kills in the loss, while junior Madyson Neff had six kills and 10 digs. Junior Elle Johnson had 25 assists, and sophomores Molly Mamay and Zoe Leach had 13 and eight digs, respectively.

While Westhampton Beach has showed early on that the league title is in its sights, the rest of the league is going to battle it out, and East Hampton and Sayville appear to be two teams that will be highly competitive.

The Lady Bonackers lost, 3-2, at Sayville on September 6, after having defeated Miller Place, 3-0, at home in the season opener on September 1. The Lady Bonackers were up, 2-1, on Sayville with momentum going into the fourth set, but the Lady Golden Flashes came back to win the match, winning, 25-14, in the fourth set and 25-21 in the fifth.

Junemann finished with 13 kills, and Neff finished with five aces. Junior Nicole Realmuto had four blocks, Leach recorded 29 digs, and Johnson had 32 assists.

Westhampton Beach is slated to host Sayville on Monday, September 18, at 4 p.m. The Lady Hurricanes are the favorites to win that match—but a loss could put a damper on their league title hopes.

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