Though they had two hard-fought volleyball games in the bag, Sayville's players sensed there was still work to do Friday night.
Their opponent, after all, was first-place East Hampton, which had pushed them in the first two games, and had taken a seven-point lead midway through the third game.
Determined not to let the match go to a fourth game, Sayville's girls rallied to win the third and defeat the visitors, 25-20, 26-24, 26-24, in a League VI match.
Jessica Griffin had 49 assists and Victoria Keghlian had 23 kills and five blocks for the Golden Flashes (6-2).
"We said we don't want to go to game four with a team like that," Sayville coach Debra Urso said. "You know they're good, you know they're strong. You've worked this hard, you need to put it away. And that's exactly what they did."
With East Hampton holding an 18-11 lead in Game 3, Jennifer Hanley won six consecutive service points to cut the deficit to one. Keghlian's block later in the game gave Sayville a 25-24 lead, and on the next point, Griffin passed to Rebecca Seeba, whose kill sealed the win.
Keghlian said "as a team, we've talked about how we need to stay positive, so I think we proved that [we can] do that today."
Hanley, who had eight kills and six blocks, said "we had to just keep pushing , because volleyball is a game that can change like that."
Griffin said the win was indicative of what can happen when her team plays as a unit. "I just need that one pass and the passes were so perfect today and if they're perfect, than I can be perfect, and my hitters are perfect. We all just have to 'mush' together, and then we can do anything basically."
"It just means a lot for us to win," said Seeba, who had 15 kills, 10 digs and two aces, on beating a strong opponent. "It makes a statement to everyone else."
Carley Seekamp had 16 kills and Cassidy Walsh had nine kills for East Hampton (7-2).
Gianna Fazio added 16 digs and Megan Havranek had 10 digs for Sayville.