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Sep 24, 2019 11:32 AMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Westhampton Beach Boys Volleyball Hosts Invitational; Girls Suffer Tough Loss At East Hampton

Blake Busking sets the ball. DREW BUDD
Sep 24, 2019 11:46 AM

The Westhampton Beach boys volleyball team hosted its second annual invitational on Saturday and it was a successful event all around for the Hurricanes.

The varsity team reached the finals against East Islip, where the two teams played out a best-of-three series. The Redmen came out on top, but Westhampton Beach head coach Jackie Reed appreciated how well both her varsity and junior varsity teams played overall. The JV team also reached the finals of their tournament, which was played on Friday, and won it in what Reed said was a very intense best-of-three match with West Islip.

“My boys played great and learned more about each other as a team,” Reed said. “We got everyone in with a decent amount of playing time all around.”

Reed thanked the number of donations from local eateries, such as Hurricane Deli, Justin’s Chop Shop, Tonino’s Pizza and Hampton Coffee, which allowed for a good spread that was enjoyed by all at the concession stand set up right outside the high school gym.

Prior to the invitational, the varsity team (3-2 Division I, 3-3 overall, 115.50 power points) split its matches, losing 3-0 at Northport on September 17 before defeating host Bay Shore, 3-2, two days later. Being the 13th seed in the county and the top seed among small schools may have meant a tougher schedule this season for the Canes, but that doesn’t bother Reed one bit.

“I think the boys were ready for it,” she said. “It is not our expectation to win every game, but it’s my expectation to be competitive in all games. My boys are getting better by the day. I am proud of the hard work that they have put in throughout the offseason and have continued to work hard each day they come in the gym.”

The Canes hosted Sachem North on Tuesday and Smithtown East two days later on Thursday, September 26, at 5:45 p.m. They host East Islip/Bayport/Blue Point on October 3 at 4 p.m.


Other than their 3-0 loss at Kings Park on September 13, a match in which the Lady Hurricanes were winning the first game, 19-11, at one point, they have been on cruise control for much of the season, not having lost a single game to their other opponents.

That was until Monday.

The Lady Canes suffered their second loss of the season at East Hampton in what was a tight 3-2 contest against a Lady Bonac team that is now led by Westhampton Beach graduate Alex Choi. Westhampton Beach took the first game, 25-17, but East Hampton followed up with a 25-15 victory in game two. The Lady Canes won game three, 26-24, and the Lady Bonackers forced a fifth game by winning the fourth frame, 25-23. East Hampton then won the decisive game, 25-17. The victory pushed the Lady Bonackers (4-1 League VI, 6-1 overall) passed the Lady Canes (3-2 League VI, 6-2 overall) in the standings for second place. Undefeated Kings Park (5-0 League VI, 6-0 overall) still sits atop the standings.

Westhampton Beach had a crossover match at West Babylon on Tuesday and is scheduled to host Amityville this Friday at 4:30 p.m. The Lady Canes will play a non-league match at Bayport/Blue Point on October 2 at 4 p.m.

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