By Gavin Menu
It was another busy week for the Pierson/Bridgehampton girls volleyball team, which hosted its second annual tournament in the Pierson middle and high school gyms on Saturday.
Six teams — Pierson, Comsewogue, Greenport, Hampton Bays, Shelter Island, Southampton and Stony Brook — competed in the tournament, which Southampton won with a victory over Hampton Bays. The Lady Whalers lost to Hampton Bays in the semifinal round.
“It was a long nine-hour day, but lots of terrific volleyball,” said Pierson head coach Donna Fisher, whose team finished third.
Fisher said the Lady Whalers came into the day pretty much out of gas after a dramatic come-from-behind, five-set win on the road at McGann-Mercy on Friday that kept the team’s perfect League VIII record intact at 7-0. The teams split the first two games, but Mercy crushed Pierson, 25-8, in the third. With the usual trio of Maizy Guyer, Nia Dawson and Mackenzie Benbenek leading the way, the Lady Whalers won the final two games, 25-23 and 25-17.
Guyer had another strong day at the service line, with 25 serves to go along with 6 aces and 35 assists. Dawson had 18 serves, including 6 aces, 5 kills and 17 blocks, while Benbenek had 15 serves and 17 kills.
The Lady Whalers continued their roll with a 3-0 win over Greenport/Southold on Tuesday and now have just two matches remaining, the first coming Friday, October 21, at Port Jefferson at 4:30 p.m. The regular season comes to an end on Tuesday, October 25, with a home match against Shelter Island at 5:30 p.m.
The Suffolk County Class C playoffs will begin either later this month, or in early November, depending on how many teams qualify. The county championship game will be held on Monday, November 7, at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood.