October 04, 2006

Bonackers Spike Westhampton East Hampton Improves to 5-1 with Win Over Hurricanes

For a coach, you couldn't have asked for a better start. Now, Dan Weaver can only hope that his East Hampton boys' volleyball team can carry its red-hot play to open the season into the following weeks that determine which teams in Suffolk's League I are playoff contenders . . . and which ones are postseason pretenders.

"It was very important for us to get off to such a good start because the second half of our schedule is very difficult," said Weaver. "This was our best played game of the season."

Weaver was commenting on the Bonackers' 25-16, 25-18, 25-20 win over rival Westhampton on Friday afternoon at East Hampton High School; a win that improved his team's record to 5-1 for the season.

"Our serve receives were excellent today and Kevin Foran stepped in and played very well at the libero position," Weaver said. "Kevin had never played that position for us before, but he did an excellent job today when we really needed it."

East Hampton's junior middle blocker Andrew MacNiven and senior outside hitter Mike Rodriguez were both standouts at the net, using their strengths to record numerous kills against the Hurricanes (1-5 in League I) while junior setter Jon Jamet completed the difficult task of keeping Westhampton off balance and making sure that the Bonackers weren't too predictable.

In East Hampton's previous game, a three-set sweep of Central Islip last Wednesday at home, senior outside hitter Matt McDonough, junior middle hitter Dustin Lightcap and senior right side hitter Ian Jackson each excelled, with Jackson providing several key blocks at the end of the game. "It was nice to see that kind of contribution from him," said Weaver. "Everyone really contributed in that game and I was very happy with the effort."

Tomorrow, East Hampton has a big road game against a Sachem East squad that is currently 6-0, followed by a home game on Saturday against a Lindenhurst team that is likely to be one of the teams that the Bonackers will be fighting for a playoff spot with later this season. Next Tuesday, East Hampton will host West Islip, another playoff caliber team.

"For the most part, we've played very well so far," Weaver said. "Our only loss was to Smithtown West, which is one of the powerhouses of the county. That was a loss, but it wasn't a bad loss because we managed to take a game from them. We're going to face some tough teams coming up, but our guys are up for it. We're well balanced and we're getting contributions from everyone."

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