It was an evening of news, both good and bad, for Smithtown East.
The good? They defeated Ward Melville in five sets, defeating the team that eliminated them from the playoffs the past two years.
“It’s emotional to get over the hump," East coach George Alamia said. “We’ve been building our program up, and we’ve been telling our kids that we will get there. It gives us confidence that we can reach our ultimate goal, which is a county championship.”
The bad? Star outside hitter and reigning Suffolk Player of the Year Delia Phillips went down with an ankle injury in the fifth set, score tied at 25. Megan Meadows replaced Phillips and had the winning kill as East went on to win the deciding fifth, 27-25.
As for Phillips, she is headed to the hospital tonight for X-rays and, at the very least, will miss a week.
After the game, Patriots coach Charlie Fernandes had his team go over to the East bench to check on Phillips and off their best wishes. A classy move after a five-set grind between two of the Island's top programs.