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May 1, 2018 11:31 AMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Bonackers Tennis Shares League VII Title With Westhampton Beach; Postseason Begins This Weekend

Johnny DeGroot DREW BUDD
May 1, 2018 11:41 AM

The East Hampton/Pierson/Bridgehampton boys tennis team defeated Rocky Point, 6-1, at home on Saturday to ensure its half of the League VII title with Westhampton Beach. Both teams finished with identical 9-1 records, and it’s the second year in a row they have shared the title.

Sharing the league title was due, in large part, to a second doubles victory for Pierson’s Alex Weseley and East Hampton’s Hunter Medler over Brennan Tomlinson and Santo Benenati of Westhampton Beach in a match that was re-played on April 23.

The Bonac doubles team was originally forced to take a forfeit when the teams first met on April 13, after Westhampton Beach head coach John Czartosieski pointed out that they were in violation of Section XI rules because they did not have their uniforms—which was not evident when the match began because they were still wearing their sweatshirts. That forfeit initially gave the Hurricanes a 4-3 win in the match, but after East Hampton’s protested the forfeit, Section XI granted their request to re-play the match, and the East Hampton squad prevailed, giving the team the 4-3 win, which ultimately led to the tie for the league title.

It’s been at doubles where the Bonackers have seen the most improvement over the course of the season, said first-year head coach Kevin McConville, who has spent a lot of time with the players to ensure that would happen. The overall improvement of the team is leading McConville to think that the Bonackers can make a strong run in the Section XI Team Tournament, which is slated to begin on May 15. East Hampton, since it won a share of the league title, will most likely earn a top-seven seed and therefore would earn a first-round bye and a second-round home match, which would be on May 16.

“I like where we are, I like our chances,” McConville said. “The teams we were very close with in Half Hollow Hills East, Hills West, who we lost, 4-3, to both, we lost all of our doubles matches, and we are 10 times better there now than we were. It took us a long time but we spent a lot of time on it and the kids bought in.”

The Division IV Individual Tournament starts this Friday, May 4, at William Floyd High School at 10 a.m. The following rounds are expected to begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday back at William Floyd, with the finals taking place on Monday, again at William Floyd, at 3 p.m. Many of Bonac’s top players have SATs scheduled for Saturday morning and McConville is hoping that Section XI will allow his players to show up later in the day to play their matches.

For the moment, though, McConville is hoping that since his team won a share of the league title, his entire lineup, plus an extra, will be accepted into the division tournament. He is submitting Johnny DeGroot, Ravi MacGurn, Luke Louchheim, Jaedon Glasstein and Brad Drubych for the singles draw, while Weseley and Jamie Fairchild, Miles Clark and Matthew McGovern and Medler and John Jimenez are being submitted for the doubles draw. If Drubych isn’t allowed to play singles, McConville said, he’ll have him play in doubles and reshuffle the lineup. The seeding meeting for the division tournament is Thursday, May 3, at 5 p.m.

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