It was a rematch of Suffolk’s top girls volleyball programs, but this time the results were different.
In a reunion of last season’s county final, junior setter/right-side hitter Mia Cergol picked her spot and landed the ace for the final point of the match on Wednesday as visiting Glenn defeated Bayport-Blue Point, 22-25, 25-20, 14-25, 25-19, 26-24, in Suffolk VII.
Before last season’s county championship win for Bayport-Blue Point, Glenn won the previous 16 meetings.
After trailing 2-1 entering the fourth set, the Knights were able to come back and improve to 4-0.
“My heart’s palpitating,” first-year coach Nick Tremaroli said. “It was a tough win. We’ve got a lot of ups and downs, and we were able to pull it together and take the win, so I’m proud of them.”
The Phantoms took the first set, but the Knights kept it close, trailing by no more than five points. Glenn evened the match in the second set. During the third set, strong performances from the Phantoms’ senior setter/outside hitter Lauren Wilke and junior middle blocker/outside hitter Cathleen Farrell helped Bayport-Blue Point earn six out of the last seven points and grab a 2-1 lead.
In the fourth, the Phantoms rallied with five consecutive points after a timeout but fell short and the match went to a fifth set.
Cergol recorded 12 kills, four aces and 30 assists. Glenn senior outside hitter Jennifer Breneisen notched 12 kills and three aces, and junior middle hitter Caroline Garretson tallied 16 kills, two aces and four blocks.
The two powerhouses will face each other again at Glenn on Oct. 13. With the long anticipated match over, the Knights can have a collective sigh of relief, Cergol said.
“The win definitely helps us a lot because we’ve been a little nervous waiting for this match,” Cergol said. “So now that we know that we’re able to do it, I think we’re just going to work harder and we’ll be ready for next time we play them, too.”