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May 21, 2019 1:23 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Tennis Season Comes To An End For Bonackers, Hurricanes

May 21, 2019 1:48 PM

Another strong season came to an end for the East Hampton boys tennis team last week, with a 5-2 loss to Harborfields in the Suffolk County Team Tournament.

Going into the match, East Hampton head coach Kevin McConville knew his team would need to not only sweep the doubles matches, but also steal a point in singles—a tough task considering Harborfields, seeded third, has a notoriously formidable singles lineup. (The Bonackers were seeded fifth). East Hampton’s best chance for a win in the singles draw came at fourth singles, where Max Astilean was up, 5-4, in the first set of his match with Bobby Bellino, and had set points, but ultimately lost that set, 7-5, and then lost the second set, 6-1.

Jonny DeGroot lost, 6-2, 6-4, to Alex Rzehak at first singles; Ravi MacGurn lost, 6-3, 6-1, to Mike Singer at second; and Luke Louchheim lost, 6-3, 6-0, to Chris Qi at third.

In doubles, Jaedon Glasstein and Alex Weseley beat Billy Waring and Simon Kapen, 6-1, 6-3, at first doubles, and at third doubles, Matthew McGovern and Miles Clark beat Jonah Hutt and Marshall Singer, 6-3, 6-2.

The second doubles match between East Hampton’s James Fairchild and Brad Drubych and Harborfields’ Gabe Slamowitz and Adam Marino had just started when Bellino beat Astilean for the clinching fourth point for his team, so the pairs played a quick eight-game pro set, which the Harborfields duo won, 8-5, so as not to prolong a match that had already been decided. (The second doubles match had started late because Harborfields only has six courts).

Harborfields went on to host top seed and eventual champion Half Hollow Hills East in the semifinals. Hills East beat second seed Commack for the county title.

East Hampton will say good-bye to seven regular starters, including seniors DeGroot, MacGurn, Glasstein, Weseley, Fairchild and Drubych, while Louchheim, a freshman, will transfer to private school.

Head coach Kevin McConville said he was proud of how his team performed this season, pointing out that the Bonackers have won the league title outright in three of the last five years, and in the other two years, shared the title with Westhampton Beach. East Hampton’s three losses this season, all in non-league matches, came in 5-2 scores, and were at the hands of the three best teams in the county in Hills East, Commack and Harborfields.

“We have a deep, talented and hard-working team,” he said. “The team was an absolute pleasure to coach. We worked hard, really improved, and had fun all year.”

Westhampton Beach

The ninth-seeded Hurricanes fell a win short of reaching the quarterfinals, losing to eighth seed Half Hollow Hills West, 5-2, after a 4-3 win over no. 24 Sachem in the first round.

Head coach John Czartosieski said his team was “a little flat” in its playoff match against Hills West, pointing to a more competitive 4-3 loss to Hills West during the regular season. Josh Kaplan beat Rahul Mather, 6-1, 6-1, at first singles, and the third doubles team of Sandro Volpe and Nick Chen beat Ethan Rogowsky and Ojas Mehta in three sets, 5-7, 7-6, 10-8, for Westhampton Beach’s only points. The rest of the matches were straight-sets losses.

In the win over Sachem, the clinching point came at third doubles, where Volpe and Chen won the first set, 6-3, and were down 4-1 in the second set before rallying for a 7-5 win.

Kaplan beat Sam Middleton, 6-0, 6-0, at first singles; Andre Insalaco beat Joe Traina, 6-3, 6-2, at second singles; and Trevor Hayes beat Arif Rashid, 6-2, 6-0, at third singles. Pierce Rosen-Keith and Daniel Caputo suffered a tough three-set loss at second doubles.

Caputo is the only senior graduating for the Hurricanes, and Czartosieski said his team is poised for even more improvement next year.

“Overall, we had a good rebuilding experience,” he said. “And now have a strong basis to continue improving looking toward next year.”

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