The East Hampton boys tennis team finished the regular season on a high note, beating Ross in a 4-3 match at home on May 1, avenging an earlier loss to the Cosmos.
The win not only enabled the Bonackers to finish second in League VII, it also denied Ross a chance to win the league title outright. Because of the loss, Ross finished with a 10-2 record, the same as Westhampton Beach, and the two teams became co-champs of League VII.
East Hampton won the first two singles matches easily, with Julian MacGurn beating Harrison Rowen 6-1, 6-2, while Collin Kavanaugh bested Jihoui Guo 6-0, 6-0. The Bonackers also won at second and third doubles, with the second team of Peter Davis and Andrew Dixon beating Giddeon Yektar and Matt Benedict 6-2, 6-0, while the third team of Brady Yusko and Nicki Neubert downed Will Cassou and Maddison Hummel in three sets.
Andrew Davis lost in three sets to Louis Caiola at third singles while Matt Silich and Reese Donaldson also lost in three sets to Jack Brinkley-Cook and Ramiz Farah at first doubles.
East Hampton finished the season with an 8-4 record in League VII. The only team it was unable to beat at least once was Westhampton Beach.
Before the win over Ross, East Hampton defeated Shoreham/Wading River (2-10) in a 5-2 match in Shoreham on April 30. MacGurn lost in three sets to Chris Kuhnle at first singles, but the Bonackers swept the rest of the singles matches, with Kavanaugh, Andrew Davis and Juan Agudelo all winning easily in straight sets. Peter Davis and Andrew Dixon won in straight sets at second doubles, as did Neubert and Yusko at third doubles.
East Hampton entered three singles players and three doubles teams into the Division IV Individual Tournament at William Floyd High School over the weekend.
In the singles draw, MacGurn was seeded fourth and made it to the quarterfinals before losing 6-2, 6-3 to Andrew Reiley of Eastport South Manor, the fifth seed. MacGurn beat David O’Day of Southold/Greenport 6-4, 6-3 in the first round, and then defeated Andrew Young of Mattituck 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 in the second round. Andrew Davis and Kavanaugh both lost in the first round of the singles draw for East Hampton.
In doubles, Donaldson and Silich beat Peter Rasmussen and Nick Janzer of Floyd 6-3, 6-2 in the first round before losing to Kevin Schwartz and Charles Hickox of Mattituck 7-6, 6-2 in the second round. Neubert and Agudelo bested Tyler Rozhen and Nick Rabkavich of Mattituck 6-1, 6-3 before losing to William Richter and Dylan Stromski of Southold/Greenport in the second round (scores not available).
Andrew Dixon and Peter Davis were eliminated in the first round by Floyd’s Sam Keymel and Kevin Jiang, losing 6-4, 7-5. East Hampton will compete in the Suffolk County team tournament, which is slated to begin on May 15. Their opponent has yet to be determined.
Westhampton Beach may have shared the League VII regular season boys tennis title with the Ross School, but at Monday’s Division IV individual tournament at William Floyd High School, it was clear which team had the edge in bragging rights.
The championship matches in both the singles and doubles draw were an all-green affair, as Hurricane Cooper Lacetera beat teammate Kevin Cino, 6-1, 6-3, to win the singles title while Hurricanes Zach Ellenhorn and Brian Schwartz bested their teammates, Nisarg Dabhi and Matt Kantor, 6-3, 6-4, to claim the doubles title.
Lacetera was the top seed in the draw and breezed to the final, giving up only seven games along the way. Cino, seeded third, upset second seed Chris Kuhnle of Shoreham/Wading River, 6-0, 6-3, in the semifinals.
Ellenhorn and Schwartz were also the top seeds in their draw and enjoyed straight-set wins throughout the bracket. Dabhi and Kantor, seeded third, easily knocked off second seeded William Richter and Dylan Stromski of Southold/Greenport, 6-0, 6-1, to reach the final.
Westhampton Beach head coach John Czartosieski, who has been at the helm of the boys program for 14 years, said he could not recall another time when both the singles and doubles finals in the division tournament pitted Hurricanes against Hurricanes. He added that his job on Monday was about as easy, and enjoyable, as it gets.
“When you’re guaranteed first and second, what more could a coach really ask for?” he said.
Czartosieski added that in situations when teammates are playing each other, he does not provide any coaching during the match. Rather, he simply reminds them beforehand to keep it businesslike on the court and to go back to being teammates when it’s over.
By taking the top four spots in the division tournament, Lacetera and Cino, as well as Schwartz and Ellenhorn and Dabhi and Kantor, earned spots in the upcoming Suffolk County individual tournament.
Lacetera was a division champion for the second year in a row, having won the doubles title with teammate J.D. Sipala, who graduated last year. He said after his match on Monday that it was a goal of his to succeed in the singles draw this year.
“I was playing a lot in the winter in USTA tournaments and had a bunch of good wins, so I went into the season knowing I would be a contender for singles,” he said. “I really wanted to make a push and not just fall back and play doubles. I wanted to push myself and really make an effort in singles.”
Czartosieski said he expected Lacetera would be seeded either first or second in the county tournament, based not only on his win in the Division IV tournament but also on the fact that Lacetera beat Zain Ali of Half Hollow Hills East in a non-league match earlier this year. Ali is considered one of the top singles players in the county.
Lacetera said he’ll be glad to get back to playing opponents who aren’t also his teammates in the county tournament.
“I was glad that [Kevin] won his match [in the semis], but since we’re good friends, playing against each other isn’t easy,” he said. “The score didn’t reflect mentally, the difficulty of staying focused.”
Lacetera added that he and his teammates felt a lot of pride in making it an all-Westhampton Beach final in both singles and doubles, and said it felt like a bit of vindication after having to settle for sharing the league title with Ross, which has become Westhampton Beach’s biggest rival in recent years.
“We were glad that we didn’t come in second, but we felt that we were the better team,” Lacetera said. “When it comes to our individual players, we usually do better, and it showed this year.”
Westhampton Beach was able to grab a share of the league title after receiving a little help from East Hampton. The Bonackers knocked off Ross in a 4-3 match last week, and combined with 7-0 wins over Floyd and Eastport South Manor last week, the Hurricanes were able to finish with an identical 10-2 record to Ross.
In the win over Floyd, Westhampton Beach benefited from six three-set wins, including Brian Schwartz at second singles, Beecher Halsey at third and Sam Kapust at fourth. Cino and Ellenhorn also won in three sets at first doubles, Dabhi and Luke Jurow did the same at second, and Raj Ghayalod and Riley Smith also won in three sets at third. Against ESM, Westhampton Beach won all its matches in straight sets.
The Southampton boys tennis team’s season officially came to an end this weekend at the Division IV tennis tournament. Dylan Blue represented the Mariners in the singles draw, but was eliminated in the first round after a 6-1, 6-2 loss to Ray Jiang of Floyd. In the doubles draw, Mariners Alex Grun and Connor Kiembock saw some success. Seeded fifth, they beat Jon Cruz and Matt Covati of Longwood 6-4, 6-4 in the first round and downed Tom Stridiron and Nick West of Shoreham, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 before losing to Dave Barlow and Chris Olgesby of Longwood, the fourth seeds, in a 6-3, 7-6 match.