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Apr 22, 2019 4:05 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Southampton Boys Tennis Team Hopes To One Day Match The Success Of Its East Hampton Counterparts

Southampton sophomore Ricky Sobervinas DREW BUDD
Apr 22, 2019 4:45 PM

Southampton boys tennis head coach Richard “Juni” Wingfield referred to a common teaching technique used in classrooms today when comparing his players to that of East Hampton/Pierson/Bridgehampton, which defeated his team, 6-1, at home on April 17.

Time-on-task is a technique where learning depends on the amount of time a student, or athlete, spends actively engaged in the learning process, compared to the amount of time the student, or athlete, needs in order to learn. To that point, Wingfield said his young players need to recognize the amount of time the East Hampton players have obviously put into their game and strive to do the same going forward.

“I try to emphasize this to my young guys, that once this season is over, they have to try to get into playing tennis regularly outside of school. So we’re working on that now. The point is to try to encourage the kids. And if they don’t put in as much time as the Jonny DeGroots, the Ravi MacGurns, and the Luke Louchheims, they may make good warm-up players for those players, but they’ll never be able to play at that level.”

The Mariners were able to steal a match point away from the undefeated Bonackers in last week’s loss, something only one other team in League VII play (Southold) has been able to do this season. Michael Daffy and Ruben Schneiderman defeated Matthew McGovern and Miles Clark, 6-4, 6-3, at second doubles for the Mariners’ lone point.

That’s not to say that other Southampton players didn’t play well. Duke Fagan, a freshman, gave Ravi MacGurn a close match at first singles, dropping it, 6-3, 6-3. And freshman Luke Saccanaghi and Tyler Moore went three sets with John Jimenez and Jackson LaRose, but ultimately lost, 6-4, 4-6, 10-8. Saccanaghi and Moore went up 4-0 in the tiebreaker set, only to see that lead trimmed in half and eventually tied again forcing a super tiebreaker to 10.

Southampton (3-6 League VII, 4-8 overall) had an opportunity to improve its record in its final league match of the season at winless Shoreham/Wading River on April 30. Following that match, the Mariners will gear up for the Division IV Individual Tournament, which begins May 3 at Shoreham and concludes on May 6.

Wingfield’s plan all season long has been to enter the max of three doubles teams in the tournament and one or two players in the single draw. The top four singles players and the top four doubles pairs advance to the county tournament, which is May 10, 11 and 13 at Mount Sinai High School.

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