Westhampton Beach doubles players J.D. Sipala and Cooper Lacetera and Southampton singles player Jeremy Dubin were the stars of the Division IV individual tennis tournament played at Shoreham/Wading River High School on Friday, Saturday and Monday. Dubin, a senior, cruised to his third consecutive division title, winning all his matches in straight sets, while Sipala and Lacetera prevailed in easy fashion as well in an all-Westhampton Beach doubles championship match.
The victories secured a spot in the upcoming Suffolk County individual tournament for those players, as well as the rest of the top four doubles teams and top four singles in the division tournament. The county tournament will begin on Saturday at 9 a.m. at Smithtown West High School.
As expected, Dubin made quick work of his opponents. He beat Jonas Linnmann of the Ross School 6-1, 6-2 in the first round, defeated Parker Tuthill of Mattituck 6-0, 6-0 in the second round, beat Garrett Malave of Mattituck 6-1, 6-0 in the quarterfinals, and got past Andrew Reiley of Eastport South Manor 6-2, 6-0 in the semifinals. In the championship match on Monday, Dubin beat Felipe Reis of the Ross School 6-3, 6-0.
Dubin will look to win the county championship and, hopefully, earn his second straight trip to the state tournament. He finished fifth in the state in singles last year after taking second at the county tournament.
Southampton head coach Richard “Juni” Wingfield said he was impressed with the way Dubin performed at the division tournament, particularly in the second sets of his matches, pointing out that Dubin shut out all of his opponents in the second sets.
“He builds his own momentum and has total control of his emotions,” Wingfield said. “He just gets better as he moves along. He makes the adjustments and the next set is just so explosive.”
Sipala And Lacetera Prevail
Hurricanes J.D. Sipala and Cooper Lacetera had to take on teammates Reid Paoletta and Brian Schwartz in an all-Westhampton final. That situation is a fairly common occurrence for Westhampton Beach during the girls tennis season, but head coach John Czartosieski, currently in his 12th year at the helm of both programs, said he believes this was the first time he’s had both of his boys doubles teams make it to the division final. Sipala and Lacetera won easily, beating their teammates 6-1, 6-1, although Czartosieski said the match was closer than the final score indicated.
“J.D. and Cooper found their zone and executed really well,” he said. “They made very few mistakes.”
While the final match lacked drama, Schwartz’s and Paoletta’s semifinal win certainly did not. The duo upset the second-seeded Ross pair of Jack Brinkley-Cook and Louis Caiola in three sets, winning the first set 6-2, losing the second 6-2, and winning the third 6-3. Ross and Westhampton Beach have developed a heated rivalry as the standout teams in League VII, and Czartosieski said that gave his players plenty of motivation to win.
“One word gets the adrenaline going: Ross,” Czartosieski said. “They were really hyped up for that match. I’ve never seen Brian serve or volley better, and the final point of the match was an emphatic overhead winner by Brian at the net.”
Brinkley-Cook and Caiola played teammates Mike Petersen and Jordan Schwimmer in the consolation match on Monday. Results were not available, but all four doubles teams will compete in the county tournament.
More Singles Results
ESM will be represented at the county tournament as singles player Andrew Reiley, a junior, finished fourth. After losing to Dubin 6-1, 6-1 in the semifinals, Reiley was downed in three sets by Chris Kuhnle of Shoreham/Wading River in the consolation round, losing the first set 6-3, winning the second 7-6 (7-4), and losing the third 6-2.
Southampton had two other players in the singles draw—Dylan Blue and Tommy Gallo. Blue beat Caleb Reed of Hampton Bays 6-2, 6-4 in the first round before falling 6-4, 6-2 to Ramond Jiang of Floyd. Gallo beat Dave Barlow of Longwood 6-4, 6-1 in the first round and in the second round, had won his first set with Sebastian Alvarez of Floyd and was up 5-3 in the second set, but had to retire because of cramps.
For East Hampton, both Andrew Davis and Dan Ruggiero won their first-round matches, but lost in the second round. Davis beat Josh Robinson of Southold 6-2, 6-1 before falling in straight sets to Kuhnle, while Ruggiero beat Jack Hilton of Hampton Bays 6-4, 6-3 before losing in straight sets to Reis. Westhampton Beach’s Beecher Halsey beat Austin Whyte of Rocky Point 6-0, 6-2 in the first round before losing to Andrew Reiley 6-0, 7-5.