With a handful of matches still to go, the road to the League VII title was made slightly easier for the East Hampton/Pierson/Bridgehampton boys tennis team, after it swept Westhampton Beach in its two regular season matches, the latest being a 4-3 victory at Westhampton Beach on Thursday, April 4.
The Bonackers (6-0 League VII, 7-1 overall) had defeated the Hurricanes, 7-0, on their home court in what was the first league match of the season for both teams on March 19. The two teams have shared the league title the past two seasons.
As the score indicates, the most recent match between the two teams was very close with tight set scores. East Hampton head coach Kevin McConville knew his Westhampton Beach counterpart John Czartosieski was going to make lineup changes to improve his team’s chances of winning, and hopefully creating another share of the league title. That’s exactly what he did, but the Bonackers were able to hang on.
Ravi MacGurn defeated Andre Insalaco, 7-6, 6-2, at second singles and Luke Louchheim defeated Trevor Hayes, 6-1, 6-1, at third singles, to score a pair of match points for East Hampton in the singles draw. All three doubles matches went three sets. Jaedon Glasstein and Alex Weseley defeated Jake Ongania and Kasper Buchen at first doubles, 2-6, 6-1, 6-0, and Brad Drubych and Matthew McGovern defeated Daniel Caputo and Pierce Rosen-Keith at second doubles, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4.
East Hampton was missing key starters in Jamie Fairchild and Miles Clark, Bridgehampton students who were in Canada last week on a robotics trip, but McConville did not blame their absence for making the match close, but instead pointed to how strong Westhampton Beach was. Fairchild and Clark will both be back this week.
“We knew Westhampton was going to be good. Even when we beat them, 7-0, all the sets were close,” McConville explained. “It’s good tennis. They’re solid throughout their lineup, and it was really good competition for us. We’re obviously the two strong teams in our league so it was good to sweep them. We have a lot of improving to do, in singles and in doubles. The guys continue to work really hard and I’m going to fiddle around with the doubles lineup to try and shore those up so we can finish strong.”
East Hampton also defeated host Southold/Greenport, 6-1, on April 2, which also helped in its quest for a league title, since Settlers are currently the third-best team in the league. The Bonackers were scheduled to play a key non-league match against Commack on Friday, but it was canceled due to the weather and McConville doesn’t think it will be rescheduled, due to the Cougars’ schedule going forward. Commack is one of the top teams in the county, so the Bonackers were looking to see how they measured up against them.
East Hampton continued its league schedule this week with a match against Shoreham/Wading River on Tuesday and will play at Mattituck on Thursday, April 11, at 4:30 p.m.