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Oct 30, 2018 11:30 AMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Batcheller, Del Prete Finish Sixth In Doubles At New York State Girls Tennis Championships

Westhampton Beach senior Brooke Del Prete GABE RODRIGUEZ
Oct 30, 2018 11:30 AM

As if the week hadn’t been busy enough, with the Westhampton Beach girls tennis team winning Suffolk County and Long Island Championships on October 24 and 25, three Lady Hurricanes traveled to the Tri-City Fitness Center in Latham, New York, for the New York State Championships this weekend.

While they couldn’t add more hardware to the team’s already well-stocked trophy case, it was a worthwhile trip.

Senior Onalee Batcheller and Brooke Del Prete competed together in the doubles draw and lost their first match of the tournament, 6-4, 7-5, to Nicolette Loeffler and Maddy Richmond of Cold Spring Harbor (Section VIII-Nassau County), who were seeded eighth.

Because each player and pairing are guaranteed two matches, Batcheller and Del Prete were put into the consolation bracket, which utilize pro sets in the competition. After rolling through their first two matches, winning by scores of 8-1, the Lady Canes found themselves facing a 7-4 deficit to Gabby Donohue and Sammy Killin of Warwick (Section IX-Orange, Sullivan, Ulster counties), but behind the strong serving of Batcheller, they came back and won, 9-7, to advance to the consolation finals.

“She served the best she ever served all season. She didn’t miss,” Westhampton Beach head coach John Czartosieski said of Batcheller. “If she did miss her first serve, she hit a hard, well-placed second serve.”

Batcheller and Del Prete lost in the finals, 8-3, to Ellie Siebeneck and Katya Kelly of Saratoga Springs High School (Section II-Capital District), placing sixth in the state.

“It was both teams’ third pro set of the day. Not to make excuses, but Brooke and Onalee, they were a little flat,” Czartosieski said. “They may have been a little tired from the semifinal match to get to the finals. They couldn’t sustain that momentum that they needed.”

Suffolk County Champion Rose Hayes competed in the singles draw and, due to her fifth seed, she was given a first-round bye. She defeated Katerina Atallah of Fayetteville/Manlius (Section III-Central New York), 7-5, 6-0, to reach the quarterfinals, where she suffered what was her first and only loss of the season, 6-1, 6-4, to Rebecca Lim of Briarcliff (Section III-Central New York). Because Hayes played two matches already she wasn’t eligible for the consolation bracket.

“She admitted after the match was over that she could have played better,” Czartosieski said. “She wasn’t as sharp as she usually is, and the other girl was excellent, just like so many of the girls are at that level. She knew what shot she needed to hit—she just couldn’t do it.”

After a long week, Czartosieski said it’s been one heck of a ride.

“Still dreaming, waiting for someone to wake us up,” he said. “It’s been incredible. This will be a memory that these girls and I will remember for the rest of our lives.”

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