The Eastport South Manor boys volleyball team won handily over cross-town rival Westhampton Beach, 3-0, on October 2 in its only match last week. The Sharks won, 25-20, 25-5, 25-23.
ESM head coach Bruce Stiriz said now that his team is healthy, he’s looking for all of his players to get a continuity with each other and that seemed to come together in the second game of the win over Westhampton Beach.
“That really ended up being a really positive match,” he said. “It’s not, ‘Let’s win in three and leave.’ There are so many educational things to go over and we stepped away from that match really feeling positive. There were some things we weren’t able to do, which was fine, we’ll bring that to practice. Right now, we’re stronger than ever and it’s nice to feel confident at every position.”
ESM senior Connor Brandow had nine kills while fellow senior Brandon Calderone had eight kills and three aces. Senior John Tuttle had six kills and senior setter Thomas Jordan had 20 assists and three aces. Junior libero Corey Vogt had eight digs and three aces.
ESM is 5-0 in League III halfway through the season. The Sharks are looking forward to a non-league match with Connetquot though, coming up on Tuesday at home. Connetquot (League II), as of Monday night, was the only other team in the county that was undefeated in its league matches. ESM lost to Connetquot earlier this season in a tournament, but that was when Brandow, arguably the team’s best hitter, was out with an injury. With Brandow now back, Stiriz is “psyched” to see how his team fares.
Girls Are Upset By Harborfields
The ESM girls volleyball team was upset in four sets at Harborfields on October 3. ESM lost the first set, 25-17, but then came back and won the second set, 25-21. The Lady Tornadoes then took the third and fourth sets, 25-20, 25-23.
Harborfields was 2-3 coming into last week’s match, while ESM was 4-1. ESM head coach Don Consorte called it a definite upset, but gave credit to Harborfields for frustrating his players. Consorte was unhappy, to say the least, with the officiating during the match and said his players were, too. “If we played better, though, we would have taken the officials out of the match,” he said.
The Lady Sharks responded very well, though, and picked up a 3-0 win at Westhampton Beach on Friday in what was a non-league match. Consorte said that his team at times has had a tendency in the past of stringing along losses after a tough loss, such as last week’s at Harborfields. So he spoke to his team about making sure it stays focused against an always tough opponent in Westhampton Beach.
ESM won in three straight sets, 25-14, 25-19, 25-17. The Lady Canes could not get one good run together against ESM and Consorte said it was one of the better matches from his team all season long. “Other than some nervous mistakes with serving, they were very good in all other facets of the game,” he said.
ESM’s Nikki Illuzzi had 25 assists while Cassandra Minogue had 11 kills and Morgan Johnson had 10 kills.
ESM is now getting ready to face two tough teams in Sayville and Islip next week. Sayville—currently tied with ESM for second place in League V with 4-2 records—knocked the Lady Sharks out of the playoffs last season and Islip, which defeated ESM in the final regular season game last season, is much better this season, according to Consorte.ON THE SCHEDULE: Boys—Friday, 10/12, vs. Westhampton Beach, 5:45 p.m.; Tuesday, 10/16, vs. Connetquot, 5:45 p.m. Girls—Thursday, 10/11, at Huntington, 6:15 p.m.; Monday, 10/15, at Sayville, 4 p.m.