Lady Whalers Fall to Stony Brook as Winning Streak Ends

Pierson's Leigh Hatfield receives a serve during the Lady Whalers' match against Shelter Island on Saturday. Michael Heller photos
Pierson’s Leigh Hatfield receives a serve during the Lady Whalers’ match against Shelter Island on Saturday. Michael Heller photos

By Gavin Menu

A former Lady Whaler has proven to be a thorn in the side of the Pierson/Bridgehampton girls volleyball team.

Liz Robbins, a Stony Brook sophomore and Sag Harbor native who once patrolled the court for Pierson as an eighth-grader, led the Lady Bears to a 3-0 victory at Pierson on Monday. Stony Brook, which came from behind to beat Pierson in the Suffolk County Class C final last winter, won the first two games in convincing fashion (25-16, 25-17) before holding on to win the deciding third game, 25-21.

After starting the season 3-0 in League VIII, the defending league champion Lady Whalers got all they could handle against Stony Brook on Monday and in Pierson’s third annual Varsity Volleyball Tournament held at the high school on Saturday morning. After playing two preliminary matches, Pierson faced Stony Brook to determine who would face Southampton in the final match. Stony Brook won and went on to defeat Southampton in the final, as Pierson finished third.

A total of seven teams competed with Hampton Bays, Greenport/Southold, Mercy and Port Jefferson joining Stony Brook, Southampton and Pierson.

On Wednesday, September 13, Pierson defeated Shelter Island, 3-1. After dropping the first game, 25-19, Pierson bounced back to win three straight by scores of 25-22, 28-26 and 25-22. Eighth-grader Sofia Mancino had 17 assists, while senior captain Leigh Hatfield had 12 kills, three aces and a pair of blocks.

Pierson head coach Donna Fischer this week said Gylia Dryden, Celia Barranco and Aziza El have been playing well at the net, while Oliva Cassone, Hannah Tuma, Samantha Cox and Sophie Borzilleri have played well across the court.

Pierson will enjoy a week off before getting back to action with a non-league match at Hampton Bays on Wednesday, September 20.

Pierson’s Celia Barranco battles at the net.
Sophia Mancino sets the ball up for a spike.
Samantha Cox goes for a dig.