League Titles Slip Away from Tennis, Volleyball Teams

Pierson's Caroline Micallif was moved to first doubles against Westhampton Beach on Tuesday.Gavin Menu photo

The Pierson/Bridgehampton girls volleyball team and the East Hampton girls tennis team, which includes athletes from Pierson, have won titles and enjoyed tremendous success in recent years. This season, however, both teams are dealing with undefeated league leaders potentially blocking their paths to additional banners.

Westhampton Beach’s girls tennis team swept East Hampton, 7-0, on Tuesday to clinch the League VII title with a perfect 10-0 record, while East Hampton fell to 8-2.

East Hampton head coach Kevin McConville reshuffled his lineup following a loss to the Lady Hurricanes earlier this season. Rose Hayes, Westhampton’s top singles player who transferred in from Mercy this year, set the tone at first singles with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Becca Kupershmid. Pierson sophomore Juliana Barahona lost, 6-1, 6-1, at second singles, and Annelise Mendelman and Catherine LeFaver dropped their singles matches as well.

Pierson’s Caroline Micallif, who was playing third singles most of the season, teamed with Oliva Barris in the number-one doubles spot, but lost 6-2, 6-2.

With the league season over, both teams will turn their attention to the Division IV Individual Championships, which are scheduled to begin at noon on Saturday, October 6, at Shoreham-Wading River High School.

The Pierson volleyball team has been forced to deal with Mattituck this season as the Lady Tuckers moved down to League VII and will compete as a Class C school in the postseason alongside Pierson. The Lady Whalers travelled to Mattituck on Tuesday hoping to reverse a loss from earlier this season, but instead fell, 3-1 (25-8, 25-16, 17-25, 26-24).

Both teams still have several matches remaining before the playoffs begin later this month. The Lady Whalers will host Center Moriches on Friday, October 5, at 6:15 p.m.