An easy 3-0 victory at Center Moriches on October 9 clinched a berth into the Suffolk County Class B postseason for the Hampton Bays girls volleyball team, which will join Elwood/John Glenn, East Hampton and Bayport/Blue Point as teams which have already qualified for the playoffs. Teams must go .500, or better, to reach the postseason, and with 12 games on the League VII schedule, the victory at Center Moriches gave the Lady Baymen their sixth victory of the season, thus solidifying a playoff spot.
The Class B playoffs begin Thursday, November 1, at the higher seed’s home location.
A return to the postseason was expected by Hampton Bays head coach Andy Fotopoulos, so he didn’t have too much to say in regards to his team making the playoffs. He was, however, surprised with how easy his team won at Center Moriches last week. “I just thought they were going to be much better,” he said. “We wanted to come out strong and not give them any inkling they had any chance to beat us.”
Hampton Bays won in three straight sets, 25-10, 25-12, 25-16. Senior Colleen Lawrenz had 12 assists while freshman Alexis Fotopoulos had 11. Senior Sam Aube had seven kills, senior Andrea Tufano and junior Christen Bellucci each had six kills and senior Analiese Algieri had four kills. Senior Stephanie Salomon had four aces and many of her serves were difficult for the Center Moriches players to pick up.
Hampton Bays is 6-1 in League VII, 8-2 overall, and is still in good shape for a possible league title. Bayport/Blue Point (7-1) and Babylon (7-1) are both within striking distance, and the Lady Baymen have five games remaining to make a move.
In order to make the Class B postseason, the Lady Mariners will need to win the majority of their matches going forward. After a 3-0 loss at Bayport/Blue Point on Thursday, October 11, Southampton fell to 2-5 in League VII and have five matches left to finish with a .500 record or better to qualify for the postseason.
Southampton played well in the first set at Bayport last week, just losing, 25-19. But the Lady Phantoms took the next two sets, 25-8, 25-15, to take the victory.
Southampton head coach Seth Haugland said what makes Bayport so tough is its court presence and awareness. “They have a great program,” he said. “They have an outstanding coach in Toni Mulgrave. She gets them going and she has a good group of girls to choose from. They cover the court like I’ve never seen. Every time I thought we had a great hit and thought we were going to get a point they picked it up.”
Haugland said that senior Zoe Meras played well, collecting six kills. He also said her serving, along with Abby Cummings, improved jump serving, were both very good.
The Lady Whalers lost their lone match last week, 3-0, at Port Jefferson on Friday. The Lady Royals won, 25-14, 25-18, 25-18. Pierson is 1-6 in League VIII play and 1-8 overall.ON THE SCHEDULE: Hampton Bays—Wednesday, 10/17, vs. Mattituck, 4 p.m.; Monday, 10/22, at Southampton, 4 p.m. Southampton—Wednesday, 10/17, at Center Moriches, 6:15 p.m.; Monday, 10/22, vs. Hampton Bays, 4 p.m. Pierson—Thursday, 10/18, at Stony Brook, 4:30 p.m.; Tuesday, 10/23, vs. Greenport/Southold, 4 p.m.