The (14-0) boys volleyball team continued their perfect season Monday afternoon at when the team defeated the Northport Tigers (12-4) 3-1 in the Suffolk County Division I semifinal. The Colts will take on Smithtown East Wednesday in the county title game.
The Hero: Cody Lau was the big digger for the Colts, getting to a number of balls that appeared destined to find the floor. He made a number of key saves to keep rallies alive for Hills West.
The Turning Point: The Colts controlled the first two sets, winning the first 25-9 and the second 25-20. Northport seemed to improve as the match went along, however.
The Tigers made some impressive saves in the game, along with some powerful spikes to put themselves in position to win. Northport lead by as many as 5 points, but Hills West came back to tie at 24 after which they won two thrilling points to take the game. It seemed as if momentum was swinging in Northport's favor, but in the fourth game, Hills West jumped out to a quick 9-3 lead and didn't look back as they won the game 25-16 to take the match.
Quotable: "We were really disciplined today," said Hills West head coach Craig Berini. "We had a few assignments that the kids managed to follow through on, and outside of that little lag that we had in the game three, I have no complaints. I think that we started thinking about the end of the match before it was over. I think losing that game woke us up a little and it's better to lose it here than Wednesday."
The Bottom Line: The Colts continued their dominant play Monday night. But the Tigers are a good team and seemed to want to make their mark by winning a game before finally falling.
Key Stat: The Colts scored 10 points in a row at one point in the first game.
Who's Next?: Half Hollow Hills will take on Smithtown East in the Division I championship game at Longwood High School at 7 p.m.