The Bayport-Blue Point girls volleyball team knew that even with a two-game lead, they couldn’t get too comfortable.
Especially against an opponent like Glenn, which lost only one game all season.
“We just had to calm down,” setter / outside hitter Isabella Imbo said after losing the third game. “We had to play our game, because we knew we had it.”
With some help from outside hitter Cathleen Farrell, the second-seeded Phantoms won the fourth game and defeated top-seeded Glenn, 25-22, 25-13, 19-25, 25-20, in the Suffolk Class B girls volleyball final at SCCC-Brentwood Thursday. The Phantoms captured their second county title in the past three seasons.
“In the third [game] they had more energy,” Farrell said. “We had to make sure we picked it up. We had the energy in us and we brought it back in the fourth [game].”
The Knights won both head-to-head matches between the two teams during the regular season, but Bayport-Blue Point was the only team to win a game against them prior to the county championship.
“This was the only team we had a problem with, because they are always insane,” Farrell said. “We stayed together and knew we had to play our hardest and give it our all no matter what.”
The Phantoms had a plan going into the match to try and stop the potent Knights attack led by Mia Cergol, and they executed it.
“We watched so much film,” Imbo said. “We figured out where they would go and what they would do in certain situations.”
“We knew that the middle was the prime hitter,” Farrell said. “We made our middles and our right sides block her because she power jumped in like crazy. We were able to pick up the tips and throw them off their games.”
Bayport-Blue Point (10-2) will face Wheatley at 3 p.m. on Saturday at Farmingdale State in the Long Island Class B final.
“When we won last time these girls were all sophomores,” Phantoms coach Toni Mulgrave said. “We didn’t even make it to this game last year. They grew up and they refused to lose. They have been buying in the whole season, and I can’t even believe we are going back.”