The Southampton boys tennis team suffered a 6-1 loss to Southold/Greenport in Southold on Monday, ending the Mariners hopes of trying to reverse what was a 4-3 home loss to the Settlers on March 19.
When two teams are close in ability, it’s the home team that typically has the edge, Southampton head coach Richard “Juni” Wingfield explained, which proved to be vital for Southold on Monday.
“You really want to win that home match because it’s tougher to go on the road and try to get that win,” he said. “Especially with Southold, which only has four courts, so you take a somewhat long bus ride to get there, and then half the kids have to sit and wait. But even though it was a 6-1 match, it could have gone either way. Three matches went to three sets.”
Southampton’s Ruben Schneiderman and Southold’s Xavier Kahn went three sets at first singles. Schneiderman lost the first set, 6-3, won the second set, 7-5, and then lost the third set, 6-2. Ryan Grigo’s third singles match went 4-6, 6-3, and then 11-13, in what was a super tiebreaker. And then Tyler Moore and Luke Saccanaghi lost at second doubles, 2-6, 7-6, 5-7. Aiden Campo, playing at fourth singles, netted the lone Mariner win, 6-3, 6-1.
Southampton (2-4 League VII, 3-6 overall) also suffered a 5-2 non-league loss at home on April 3 to William Floyd, but prior to that, the Mariners had back-to-back victories. They defeated Shoreham/Wading River, 5-2, at home on April 2 and defeated host Islip, 4-3, in what was another non-league match on April 1.
With powerhouse teams such as East Hampton/Pierson/Bridgehampton, Westhampton Beach, and Southold in League VII, Wingfield went into the season wanting his players to be set for when the individual postseason rolls around the first week in May, and he says they’re right on track.
Most of his players have played in the requisite amount of doubles matches to be able to play in those matches at the Division IV meet, and Wingfield said the plan is to enter the maximum of three doubles teams in that tournament, and have two singles players enter. Who those players are, and what those doubles tandems will be, is still what needs to be sorted out, but Wingfield is liking what he’s seeing from a handful of his young players in Saccanaghi, Grigo, Campo and Duke Fagan, who played Southold’s Jacob Kahn in a very tough match on Monday, despite losing.
Southampton was scheduled to host Mattituck on Tuesday and Westhampton Beach on Thursday, April 11, at 4 p.m. Players will have about a week off until their next match on April 17, when they host East Hampton at 4:30 p.m.