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Oct 24, 2018 11:01 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Peruso, Tomaro Lead Westhampton Beach Girls Tennis To First County Title Since 2008

The Lady Hurricanes last won the county team title in 2008. DREW BUDD
Oct 30, 2018 9:36 AM

On the first day of the season, Westhampton Beach girls tennis head coach John Czartosieski looked at his team, and with an eventual county champion in Rose Hayes added to a squad that returned nearly all of its players from a year ago, he saw one thing: greatness. It was going to be up to his players to achieve it, but if they wanted it bad enough and worked hard enough for it, Czartosieski knew that winning a team county title was well within their grasp.

On October 24 at William Floyd High School, the Lady Hurricanes achieved that greatness by defeating previously unbeaten Commack, 4-3, to win the program’s first county title since 2008. The victory advanced Westhampton Beach to the Long Island Championship against Nassau County Champion Syosset (see separate article).

“I let them know right away that we have the potential to prove that we’re the best team in the county,” Czartosieski said. “They played their hearts out [today]. I just hoped that they would play as hard as they could, as well as they could, and just have no regrets and leave it all out there on the court. That’s what my second doubles team did for the rest of us today. It was awesome.”

The victory was clinched through second doubles between Rose Peruso and Juliet Tomaro of Westhampton Beach and Commack’s Christine Kong and Valerie Slackman. In what ended up being the longest match of the day, and the only one that went three sets, Kong and Slackman won the first set in a 7-6 (3) tiebreaker, before Peruso and Tomaro came back to win the next two sets, 6-2, 6-3. Kong and Slackman actually jumped out to an early 2-1 lead in the third and final set, but Peruso and Tomaro came back to take a 3-2 advantage. The pairs split the next two games before Peruso’s smash at the net clinched it.

Both Peruso and Tomaro admitted after the match that for the three years they’ve been playing together, they have typically dropped the first set but have come back and won a number of matches in three sets. Even though there was a bit more on the line this time, it wasn’t out of the ordinary for them.

“Third sets are our thing,” Peruso said.

“We didn’t let it bother us, and reset with a fresh start,” Tomaro added.

Czartosieski said he was glad it came down to Peruso and Tomaro’s match, as they are his longest tenured tandem on the team.

“To win it for us, it was incredible,” he said. “And they lost the first set in a tiebreaker. They held it together, and that’s what you need in a tight match like this. They kept their composure.”

The weather conditions didn’t necessarily help in taking the edge off of the players. The stiff wind was something each player had to adjust to.

“We’re definitely not used to playing this far into October. Normally our season ended weeks ago, and the wind, I was just saying before, it’s been the worst it’s been all season, so it was definitely an adjustment that we had to make,” Peruso said. “But I think that we got around it pretty well.”

Commack grabbed the first win of the day when Gabbie Glickstein, who finished fourth individually in the county, defeated Brooke Del Prete, 6-0, 6-0, at second singles. The Lady Canes quickly tied it up when Emma Bender and Onalee Batcheller defeated Victoria Pensiero and Kristen Chao, 6-0, 6-4, at first doubles. Kady Tannenbaum picked up Commack’s second team point by defeating Marin VanderSchaaf, 6-2, 6-1, at third singles, but then Katelyn Stabile defeated Emma Matz, 6-3, 6-0, at fourth singles to tie it back up at 2-2.

A rematch of the county individual final between Rose Hayes and Emily Tannenbaum from a week ago played out once again at first singles. Hayes needed three sets to win her county title, but only needed two sets (6-2, 6-2) this time around and gave Westhampton Beach a 3-2 lead. That was short-lived because Molly Gittleman and Khaya Sokol defeated Rieve Delisle and Helena Jones, 6-2, 6-3, at third doubles, setting up the winner-take-all match at second doubles.

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Well done ladies...
By knitter (1656), Southampton on Oct 25, 18 11:09 AM