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Oct 3, 2018 11:49 AMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Pierson Girls Volleyball Following Similar Script To Last Season

Pierson's Samantha Cox digs a ball back in the Lady Whalers' season opener against Mattituck on September 5. DREW BUDD
Oct 3, 2018 11:59 AM

Here we go again.

Last year, after losing to Stony Brook twice during the regular season, the Pierson/Bridgehampton girls volleyball team upset the Lady Bears in the Suffolk County Class C Championship en route to reaching the New York State Championships and their best season in program history.

It looks like the Lady Whalers are going to be searching for a similar outcome this season, only this time against Mattituck.

Pierson lost at Mattituck, 3-1, this past Monday, its second loss to the Lady Tuckers this season after falling by the same score in Sag Harbor in the season opener back on September 5. With undefeated Mattituck (7-0 League VIII, 8-1 overall) having seemingly cleared its path to the League VIII regular-season title with Monday’s win, Pierson (4-2 League VIII, 7-2 overall) will have to look for the same magic it had last season if it plans on making a repeat trip to states.

The Lady Whalers need two more wins to guarantee themselves a .500 record on the season and clinch a postseason berth. Those should come in their next two matches, which are home against Center Moriches (Friday at 6:15 p.m.) and Port Jefferson (October 13 at 4 p.m.), two teams they have already beaten fairly handily. Pierson head coach Donna Fischer is expecting her team to make the playoffs, where anything can happen, which last season proved.

“I just know that it is hard to beat a team three times in a row,” she said.

In between the two losses to Mattituck this season, Pierson has been fairly dominant, defeating its opponents by either 3-0 or 3-1 scores. A 3-0 victory at Greenport/Southold on September 28 pushed the Lady Whalers’ winning streak to seven. Samantha Cox had 12 aces, five kills and one block, Sofia Mancino added 15 assists and 10 aces, and Gylia Dryden had three kills and three blocks.

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