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May 8, 2018 10:48 AMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Bonac Tennis Qualifies Seven For County Tennis Tournament

Bridgehampton's Jamie Fairchild DREW BUDD
May 8, 2018 1:49 PM

What the East Hampton/Pierson/Bridgehampton boys tennis team lacked in finalists at the Division IV Individual Tournament at William Floyd High School, it made up for in the number of players it had advancing to the Suffolk County Individual Championships, which begin this weekend.

The Bonackers qualified seven players for counties, including three singles players and two pairs of doubles teams. Bridgehampton’s Johnny DeGroot placed fourth overall in the division after a 6-3, 6-2 loss to Michael Koscinski of Center Moriches in the consolation finals on Monday. Koscinski was the top seed in the tournament but was upset by Josh Kaplan of Westhampton Beach in the semifinals.

Ravi MacGurn defeated Southold’s Xavier Kahn in three sets to place fifth and Luke Louchheim placed seventh, defeating Luke Kosmynka of Mattituck in three sets. The top eight singles players in the division advance to counties.

East Hampton head coach Kevin McConville was impressed by both MacGurn’s and Louchheim’s ability to battle in order place in the tournament. MacGurn, he said, spotted a flaw in Kahn’s game and implemented a smart drop-shot strategy that frustrated the Southold player. McConville said MacGurn won 12 of 14 points using that strategy. MacGurn had to win two matches in order to place fifth after having lost to teammate DeGroot in the quarterfinals.

Louchheim pulled out a bit of an upset, winning a three-set match over Rocky Point’s top player, Nate Hanley, in the quarterfinals. He suffered his first loss of the tournament to finalist Kaplan in the quarters, but rebounded nicely to place seventh overall with the win over Kosmynka.

It was an all-Bonac consolation final in the doubles draw. Pierson’s Alex Weseley and Bridgehampton’s Jamie Fairchild squared off against East Hampton’s Miles Clark and Matthew McGovern. Wesley and Fairchild won, 6-3, 6-2, but both teams, having placed third and fourth, will be playing in counties this weekend.

“The doubles have gotten so much better. We knew the singles were going to do well all year. They’re all good tennis players and they’re all peaking right now,” McConville said.

The county tournament starts off with the singles draw only this Friday, May 11, back at William Floyd at noon. The next rounds of the singles draw along with the doubles will play on Saturday at 9 a.m. The finals will be Monday, May 14, at noon.

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