Of the four doubles teams that the Westhampton Beach girls tennis team entered in the Division IV tournament at William Floyd High School on Saturday, the one that advanced the furthest was a surprise.
Claudia Purkis and teammate Aimee Kandell peaked at the right time, according to their coach, John Czartosieski, and it paid off with a trip to the championship match in the doubles draw. The unseeded duo was scheduled to take on second-seeded Danni Dunphy and Gillian Neubert of East Hampton at Floyd on Tuesday. Results from that match will be in next week’s edition of The Press.
Purkis and Kandell started their run to the final with a 6-3, 7-5 upset of fourth-seeded Delaney Macchirole and Micaela Zebrowski in the first round. After that, they knocked off Sarah Nicholson and Erin Carter of Riverhead, 6-0, 6-1, before beating Kayla D’Addario and Erica Hesselberg of Floyd, 6-1, 6-0, in the quarters. In the semifinals, the Lady Canes beat the top-seeded team of Kelsey Whelpley and Devin Messina of Floyd in three sets, winning the first, 6-2, dropping the second, 6-4, and winning the third, 6-2.
Czartosieski said that Purkis’s play at the net and Kandell’s ability to hit the ball down the alley were both key factors in their wins throughout the draw.
Dunphy and Neubert cruised to the semis in their half of the draw. They began with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Sarah Brown and Lisa Weinert of Riverhead, before beating their teammates Sarah Becker and Cosima Schelfout, 6-2, 6-0, in the second round. They went on to beat Shannon Merker and Jamie Lessard in the quarters before getting past Kelsey Han and Lisa Lin of Floyd in the semis.
Westhampton Beach’s third-seeded team of Sammi Vickers and Jodi Sipala won their first two matches easily, beating Magdelena Duda and Katie Brownfiel of Mercy, 6-2, 6-0, before beating Laura Kesnig and Loriann Bobins of Eastport South Manor by the same score in the second match, but they then were knocked out by Floyd’s Han and Lin in the quarterfinals. Nisha Ghayalod and Hayley Bester, seeded eighth, beat Mercy’s Mariann Naleski and Jackie Zaweski , 6-0, 6-2, in the first round, then got past Madison Aldrich and Sydney Sanicola of East Hampton, 6-2, 6-2, in the second round, before losing in three sets to Whelpley and Messina in the quarters, 4-6, 6-4, 5-7.
Southampton’s Noa Dubin enjoyed a nice run in the singles draw, getting to the semifinals before running into a buzzsaw in ESM’s Jackie Bukzin. Dubin lost, 6-0, 6-1, to the seventh-grader, whom Southampton head coach Juni Wingfield called a “phenom.” Bukzin was slated to face top seed Amy Manfredo of Shoreham in the championship, while Dubin would take on Cassidy Lessard of Mercy in the consolation match. Players who advance to the semifinals in both singles and doubles earn All-County status and the right to compete in the county tournament.
Dubin, who was seeded sixth, started the tournament with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Victoria Chan of Floyd before she knocked off Bridget Connors of Ross, 6-0, 6-1, in the second round. She beat third seed Emily Fernandez of Floyd, 6-0, 6-1, in the quarters.
East Hampton’s Carly Grossman also had a nice run, getting to the quarters before losing to Manfredo. Grossman beat Jennifer Winslow of Center Moriches, 6-3, 6-1, in the first round before beating Lisa Kaasik of Shelter Island, 6-3, 6-1.
Sophie Volz of Ross beat Kate Freudenberg of Mattituck, 6-2, 6-0, in the first round, then beat East Hampton’s Abby Okin, 6-1, 6-1, before losing to Lessard, 7-5, 6-2, in the quarters.
Westhampton Beach’s Laura Halsey advanced to the quarterfinals in the singles draw, beating Julia Talasko of East Hampton, 6-1, 6-1, in the first round before beating Christina Calli of Floyd in three sets, 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4). Halsey lost 6-0, 6-1 to Bukzin in the quarters.
League Season Concludes
The William Floyd tennis team wrapped up the League VII title last week with a 9-1 mark and was 15-1 overall. Ross was second with an 8-2 record, 10-2 overall, while Westhampton Beach (5-5, 8-7) was third. Mercy (5-5, 11-5) and East Hampton (3-7, 5-7) followed, while Shoreham was winless and finished last.
Southampton finished third in League VIII with a 10-4 mark, 10-5 overall, while ESM won the title with a 14-0 record.
The Suffolk County team tournament will begin on Friday at the higher seed’s home court. Ross earned the fifth seed and will have a first-round bye before hosting the winner of Bay Shore/Bayport Blue Point on Tuesday, October 23, at 3 p.m.; Westhampton Beach earned the seventh seed and will host the winner of Commack/Stony Brook, also on October 23 at 3 p.m.; and East Hampton, seeded 13th, will host Walt Whitman on Friday at 3 p.m. Southampton did not advance to the team tournament.