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Oct 12, 2017 11:14 AMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Bender Goes Down With Injury In Doubles Championship Of Division IV Girls Tennis Tournament; Tomaro and Peruso Place Third, Del Prete Sixth

Emma Bender went down with a knee injury in the second set of the doubles championships on Wednesday. DREW BUDD
Oct 12, 2017 1:22 PM

Westhampton Beach head coach John Czartosieski said that in his entire coaching career, which spans decades, he's never once had a player go down with an injury so severe to the point where they had to stop playing.

There's a first time for everything.

Emma Bender went down with a knee injury in the middle of her match with partner Onalee Batcheller in the doubles championship of the Division IV Girls Tennis Tournament at Shoreham/Wading River High School on Wednesday. After losing the first set, 6-3, to top-seeded Brooke Fernandez and Hailey Loughlin of William Floyd, Batcheller and Bender had a 3-1 lead when Bender went for a backhand volley and collapsed after her left knee gave way. Bender tried to stand back up, but Batcheller, sensing it was too much, told her partner to stay down on the court.

Czartosieski and other officials went to check on Bender, and after some discussion, Fernandez and Loughlin were brought over to shake hands with the Lady Hurricanes pair, who took the loss by injury default and settled for second place.

Since each girl who competed in the final day of the division tournament advanced to the Suffolk County Individual Tournament, it's possible Batcheller and Bender can be back on the court together. Counties, however, begin on Friday back in Shoreham at 2 p.m., and depending on the severity of Bender's injury, Batcheller may need to play with a new partner with the short turnaround.

"It's unfortunate, but we're going to keep playing as we go on and hopefully she's going to get better, soon," Batcheller said of Bender. "She could be doing some physical therapy that could quickly clean everything up. We're just going to hope she gets better soon."

Czartosieski said what makes the injury even more difficult is that it looked like Batcheller and Bender had turned things around after losing the first set.

"For something as unfortunate as that to happen, it hurts, because it looked like they were starting to put things together. Maybe take the second set and go from there, but that's not the way it worked out," he said. "Doesn't always work out the way you want it to."

It wasn't all bad news for Westhampton Beach, though. Juliet Tomaro and Rose Peruso defeated William Floyd's Katie Senetto and Chloe DeGraw, 7-5, 6-1, to place third in doubles. Tomaro and Peruso were seeded fourth just behind Senetto and DeGraw, making it a bit of an upset.

Tomaro and Peruso said that after winning the first set they were able to focus and take the second set handily. With the championship match going on right next to their court, though, they were front and center for seeing their teammate in Bender in pain, just as they were putting the finishing touches on their win.

"That was definitely very concerning. That threw us off a bit," Peruso said.

"It also gave us more motivation to win for her," Tomaro said.

Czartosieski liked what he saw from Tomaro and Peruso.

"Juliet and Rose, they really turned it up a notch," he said. "They were a lot more consistent today than they were yesterday in their loss to the one seed from Floyd. Their serves were connecting, their volleys were connecting, their ground strokes were super. It was a really nice finish for them."

Brooke Del Prete competed in the singles match for fifth and sixth place against East Hampton's Pamela Pillco, who won, 7-5, 6-2. Czartosieski said it was a close, tough match for Del Prete.

"Brooke is not a pushover. She doesn't just get the ball back. She wants to hit the ball and she wants to be aggressive," he said. "So today she was able to play that aggressive match. Pamela is a very tough player. Brooke gave her the best fight she can give. She played well."

After finishing the season in second place in League VII with an 8-2 record (11-2 overall), Westhampton Beach qualified for the Section XI Team Tournament, which begins this Tuesday, October 17. The Lady Canes earned the seventh seed and a first-round bye. They will host the winner of No. 10 Mercy and No. 23 Sayville on October 18 at 3 p.m.

Hampton Bays

The Lady Baymen were well represented in the Division IV Tournament, with three singles players and a doubles pair, but none were able to advance past the first round. Jackie Mujsce, Brianna Hemmings and Anna Harris played singles matches, while Dana Klaber and Reilly Stotzky played doubles.

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@drewbudd. Just an FYI, This doesn't really cover east hampton gals. Becca Kuperschmid advanced to the semi-finals losing to #1 seed ROse Hayes and finished 4th in this tournament. This is the first time in years and EH player has made it to the semis.
By jackiemay (20), east hampton on Oct 12, 17 2:30 PM
There is a separate story on the East Hampton team.

http://www.27east.com/news/article.cfm/East-End/536226/East-Hamptons-Kuperschmid-And-Pillco-Place-In-Division-IV-Girls-Tennis-Tournament-Advance-To-Counties
By dbudd1213 (4), Southampton on Oct 12, 17 2:45 PM
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great. didn't see it :) thanks!
By jackiemay (20), east hampton on Oct 12, 17 5:11 PM
@drewbudd. Just an FYI, This doesn't really cover east hampton gals. Becca Kuperschmid advanced to the semi-finals losing to #1 seed ROse Hayes and finished 4th in this tournament. This is the first time in years and EH player has made it to the semis.
By jackiemay (20), east hampton on Oct 12, 17 2:30 PM
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