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Oct 10, 2018 3:50 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Westhampton Beach Cleans Up At Division IV Girls Tennis Tournament

Westhampton Beach freshman Rose Hayes won the Division IV singles title handily. DREW BUDD
Oct 16, 2018 4:50 PM

It may be a bit premature to say that the Westhampton Beach girls tennis team is starting what could be a long successful run, one that stretches for years, long beyond this season. But if the Division IV Individual Tournament is any indication, maybe it isn’t such a bold prediction.

With 11 players entered into the tournament that began on Saturday and finished on October 9 at Shoreham/Wading River High School, nine Lady Hurricanes qualified for the Section XI, or Suffolk County, Individual Tournament, which began this Friday back in Shoreham and concluded on Tuesday. Counties occurred too late to appear in this week's edition of The Press but an article on it can be found at 27east.com and in next week's edition.

The finals of the singles draw at Divisions featured a pair of Westhampton Beach freshmen in Rose Hayes and Katelyn Stabile, a first-year varsity player. Hayes, as expected, made quick work of all of her opponents and didn’t lose a single game in the entire tournament. That included two teammates she had to play against—Marin VanderSchaaf in the quarterfinals and Stabile in the finals. VanderSchaaf was seeded eighth but finished sixth in order to nab one of the top eight singles placements and advance to counties. She took Southold’s Natalie Kopala to three sets but eventually fell to her in the match for fifth and sixth place.

It was Stabile who stole the show in the singles draw, though, with a pair of upsets on her way to the final matchup with her teammate Hayes. After rolling through the first two rounds with ease, Stabile had to face Kopala, the third seed, in the quarterfinals and defeated her, 6-2, 6-4, to advance to the semifinals against East Hampton’s Becca Kuperschmid, the second seed in the tourney. After dropping the first set, 6-4, Stabile came back and won the second set in a tiebreaker, (7-5), then took the third set, 6-0, to advance to the finals.

On the doubles side of the tournament, three of the four pairings that reached the semifinals were from Westhampton Beach. Onalee Batcheller and Brooke Del Prete won the division title with a 6-1, 6-4 victory over William Floyd’s Hailey Loughlin and Alyssa Drell, who were seeded second. Rose Peruso and Juliet Tomaro faced off against teammates Helena Jones and Rieve Delisle in the consolation match for third and fourth place and won, 6-2, 6-2. The other Westhampton Beach pairing, Emma Bender and Jen Curran, were eliminated in the quarterfinals by Loughlin and Drell.

All in all it was a historic showing for Westhampton Beach—longtime head coach John Czartosieski said he doesn’t think the school has ever qualified nine players for counties.

“I entered 11 girls into this tournament and every single one of them won both rounds on Saturday and they earned the right to return on Monday. I don’t think that’s ever happened for our varsity team,” he said.

Czartosieski said how well his players do at counties will depend on where they’re seeded.

“It’s going to be tougher but we’re from a good division—I’d say Division IV and Division I are the best two divisions in the county,” he said. “I just hope my third and fourth place doubles teams get a good draw and anything can happen after that. They’re all playing well so hopefully they can keep that momentum going into counties and the team tournament.”

While Kuperschmid was upset she didn’t reach the finals of divisions her senior year, she was able to fight back to place third. She defeated Shoreham’s Catherine Erb, 6-3, 6-1, in the consolation finals.

Kuperschmid will be joined at counties by her teammate, Pierson’s Juliana Barahona, who was seeded fifth in the tournament and settled for a seventh-place finish after a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Mattituck’s Kelsey Bundrick. Barahona moved to Sag Harbor from Colombia over the summer and, with Kuperschmid, helped turn around East Hampton, which went 10-2 this season, its only two losses coming from Westhampton Beach.

Caroline Micallif was another East Hampton player in the singles draw. She won her first round match but was eliminated in the following round by Erb. Olivia Barris and Chiara Bedini were seeded fifth in the doubles draw but were eliminated in the semifinals by Jones and Delisle of Westhampton Beach.

Southampton’s Charlotte Ferguson and Christine Szafranski, who were seeded seventh in doubles, reached the quarterfinals and were a victory away from advancing to counties but lost to Peruso and Tomaro of Westhampton Beach. They won their second-round match in three sets to advance to the quarters.

The top singles player for Hampton Bays, Brianna Hemmings, entered the tournament but was eliminated by Madison Hujber of Center Moriches in a 6-3, 6-4 loss.

Team Tournament Seeds Released

Westhampton Beach was seeded second in the county team tournament and was slated to host the winner of No. 15 Half Hollow Hills West and No. 18 Port Jefferson on Friday at 3p.m. Commack was awarded the top seed in the tourney. East Hampton was seeded seventh and hosted the winner of No. 10 William Floyd and No. 23 Mattituck on Friday.

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