In its journey to recapture the League VII title, the Westhampton Beach boys tennis team is off to a good start, picking up two league wins last week in dominant fashion. The Hurricanes enjoyed a 5-2 home win over Southampton on Wednesday, March 21, before beating William Floyd, 7-0, on the road on Friday. Westhampton Beach had opened the season with a 4-3 loss to Half Hollow Hills West in a non-league match on March 19.
Two-time League VII defending champion Ross is 1-1 on the season thus far, beating East Hampton, 6-1, at home on Friday in its league opener after narrowly losing to Northport in a non-league match on March 24. East Hampton beat Eastport South Manor, 5-2, in its league opener on March 21, while Southampton’s only match of the week was its loss to Westhampton Beach, which moved its record to 1-1. ESM, which lost, 5-2, to Southampton to start the season on March 14, lost, 7-0, to both Ward Melville and Bayport/Blue Point in non-league matches surrounding the loss to East Hampton, moving its record to 0-4.
In the win over Southampton, the Hurricanes prevailed in every match except first and second singles. Southampton’s Jeremy Dubin, who was an All-State player last year, beat J.D. Sipala, 6-2, 6-1, at first singles and Mariner Tommy Gallo beat Zach Ellenhorn, 6-2, 6-4, at second singles. At third singles, Beecher Halsey beat Alex Grun, 7-5, 7-5, and at fourth singles, Matt Kantor beat Adam Fezza, 6-4, 6-2.
At first doubles, Cooper Lacetera and Reid Paoletta beat Connor Kiembock and Ben Perreira, 6-0, 6-0, and at second doubles, Brian Schwartz and Mike Polan beat Harry Carter and William Reddick by the same score. Southampton did not have enough players to field a third doubles team that day, so Westhampton Beach won that match by forfeit.
Against Floyd, Lacetera beat Kevin Ferguson in three sets at first singles, winning the first, 6-1, losing the second, 7-5, and winning the third, 7-5. Ellenhorn beat Sebastian Alvarez, 6-3, 6-2, at second singles, and Halsey won at third singles, beating Raymond Jaing. The match was tied after two sets, with Halsey losing the first, 6-3, before winning the second, 6-4. Because the match was already decided at that point, they played just a tiebreaker instead of a full third set, which Halsey won, 7-0. Sipala and Paoletta teamed up for a straight sets win at first doubles, while Paaras Mehta and Tim Ligouri won, 6-1, 6-2, at third doubles. Westhampton Beach won second doubles by forfeit because one of the Floyd players had to leave the match early.
In the non-league battle with Hills West, Westhampton Beach was missing Schwartz, which head coach John Czartosieski said was costly, as Schwartz would have started at either fourth singles or second doubles. Lacetera won a three-set match against Aziz Rashidzada at first singles, winning the first, 6-1, losing the second, 7-6, and winning the third, 6-3. At fourth singles, Kantor also won in three sets against Ryan Winthrop, losing the first set, 6-2, before winning, 6-3, 7-5. Sipala and Polan beat Dyran Davis and Lucas Udell at first doubles, also in three sets, losing the first, 6-1, before winning, 6-0, 7-5.
The Cosmos easily beat East Hampton in a 6-1 match on Friday, missing out on the sweep in a matchup that featured two brothers. East Hampton’s Dan Okin beat his brother, Ross’s Ben Okin, in a three-set match. Ben Okin nearly had the match won, with two match points in the second set after winning the first set, 6-4. He was up 6-5 and 40-15 in the second set, only to watch his brother battle back for a 7-6 win. Dan Okin then won the decisive set, 6-2.
Ross won all the other matches rather convincingly. At first singles, Felipe Reis beat Marco Spilimbergo, 6-2, 6-0; at third singles, Jonas Linnman beat Colin Kavanaugh, 6-1, 6-2; at fourth singles, Mikey Petersen beat Julian MacGurn, 6-1, 7-5; at first doubles, Jack Brinkley-Cook and Louis Caiola beat Dan Ruggiero and Andrew Davis, 6-1, 6-1; at second doubles, Harrison Rowan and Pedro Zagury beat Peter Davis and Nicki Neubert, 7-6, 6-1; and at third doubles, Will Greenburg and Jordan Schwimmer beat Alex Cohen and Andrew Dixon, 6-3, 6-4.
Ross lost a heartbreaker in a non-league battle with Northport, falling 4-3 with plenty of three-set matches. Reis won at first singles, Linnman won at third singles and Brinkley-Cook and Caiola won at first doubles. At second doubles, which was the deciding match, Rowan and Zagury lost in three sets, dropping the third set, 7-6. Petersen also lost in three sets at fourth singles, as did the third doubles team of Will Cassou and Jiahui Guo.
Before its loss to Ross, East Hampton beat ESM, 5-2, at home on March 20. Marco Spilimbergo beat ESM’s Andrew Reiley, 6-4, 6-1, at first singles; Julian MacGurn beat Darren Chan, 6-1, 6-0, at fourth singles; the first doubles team of Andrew Davis and Dan Ruggiero won, 6-2, 6-3; the second doubles team of Nicki Neubert and Matt Silich won, 6-1, 6-2, at second doubles; and the third doubles team of Juan Agudelo and Milton Farez won in three sets, winning the first, 7-5, dropping the second, 7-6, and winning the third, 7-5. ESM’s Alex Reiley beat Dan Okin in three sets at second singles, losing the first set, 6-4, before winning the next two by the same score. East Hampton’s Colin Kavanaugh lost to Erik Blohmke at third singles, 7-6, 6-4.