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May 14, 2019 10:26 AMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

DeGroot Advances To Quarters Of Tennis Counties; Bonackers Prep For Team Tournament

May 14, 2019 10:37 AM

There were no major surprises or upsets for the East Hampton boys tennis team at the Suffolk County Individual Tournament at Half Hollow Hills West High School over the weekend.

The Bonac players representing their team on Friday and Saturday finished around where their seedings predicted they would, with senior singles player Jonny DeGroot advancing to the quarterfinals before being eliminated, while senior Ravi MacGurn and freshman Luke Louchheim both lost in the first round. In the doubles draw, Jaedon Glasstein and Alex Weseley also lost in the first round. DeGroot ran into second-seeded Alan Sabovic of Connetquot in the quarters, losing in three sets, 4-6, 6-4, 7-5.

DeGroot was seeded 10th, and won his first two matches of the tournament. He beat no. 23 Juan Perez of Mount Sinai, 6-0, 6-0, before getting past no. 7 Evan Rupolo of Patchogue/Medford in three sets, 4-6, 6-2, 3-6.

MacGurn, seeded 15th, was ousted in three sets in his loss, falling 6-7, 6-2, 2-6, to no. 18 Bobby Bellino of Harborfields. Louchheim, seeded 17th, lost 6-1, 6-4, to no. 16 Dan Chikvashvili of Smithtown East.

Glasstein and Weseley were seeded 11th and lost 7-5, 6-3, to Matt Molinaro and Landon Agic of Miller Place, who were seeded sixth.

The good news for East Hampton is that there is still plenty of tennis left to play, thanks to the fact that the Bonackers qualified for the Suffolk County Team Tournament. They were seeded fifth out of 24 teams, giving them a first-round bye. They are set to play at home on Wednesday, May 15, at 4 p.m. against the winner of the no. 12 Miller Place vs. no. 21 Sayville. After that comes the quarterfinals, where East Hampton is likely to square off against no. 4 Harborfields.

East Hampton head coach Kevin McConville was a bit disappointed with his team’s no. 5 seeding, believing his team had a strong enough record to be seeded third or fourth. East Hampton’s only losses of the season came against Hills East, the top seed, and Commack, the second seed, both in 5-2 matches. If the Bonackers had been seeded third, they would have had an easier path to the semifinals. Harborfields is a team that has ridden its top four singles players to success this season. All four of those singles players made the county tournament, and the number four singles player made the finals of the Division I tournament. To get past Harborfields, East Hampton would need to sweep the doubles matches, which shouldn’t be a problem, and also come up with an upset in singles.

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