Westhampton Dominates in Pair of Wins


As expected, the Westhampton Beach boys tennis team opened the League VII schedule with a pair of big wins, taking a 7-0 shutout at Rocky Point 7-0 on March 26 a day after beating Mattituck 6-1 at home. ?The Tuckers gave the Hurricanes a better fight than Rocky Point and avoided the shutout thanks to senior Matt Brisotti, who beat Westhampton Beach’s Richard Sipala 6-1, 6-3 at first singles. But the remainder of the matches belonged to the Canes, as the other three singles players claimed straight-set wins while the doubles teams emerged victorious in some tight matches.?At second singles, Christian Thienel beat Fred Carter 6-2, 6-0, while Tyler Schulz won 6-0, 6-1 against Sam Sheryl at third singles, and Alex Rutherfurd beat Alex Gamberg 6-0, 6-3 at fourth singles.?At first doubles, Kenny Ballato and Greg Kandell were taken to three sets before winning over Evan Viola and Cody Homan. Ballato and Candel won the first set 7-6 (4) and dropped the second set 6-3 before winning the decisive set 7-5.?Brian Lehrer and Steven Palmer prevailed 6-4, 6-4 at second doubles against David Kupiszewski and Trip Cardinale, while Eric Antunovich and Mike Hammond won 6-0, 6-2 at third doubles against Max Gillies and Ben Johnson.?Westhampton Beach head coach John Czartosieski said prior to the start of the season that he expected Mattituck to be one of the tougher teams in the league and said he was proud of his team’s ability to prevail in all but one head-to-head match.?”That was a big match for us because they are always very competitive,” he said. “Having home court advantage definitely helped, especially in that three-set doubles match.”?Westhampton Beach had the same lineup in its match against Rocky Point and enjoyed straight-set victories in each match. Sipala won 6-2, 6-3, Thienel prevailed 6-4, 6-3, Schulz won 6-0, 6-0 and Rutherfurd won 7-6, 6-1. In doubles play, Ballato and Kandell won 6-1, 6-2, Lehrer and Palmer won 6-4, 6-1 and Antunovich and Hammond prevailed 6-0, 6-1.?”Rocky Point was weaker than they’ve been in the past,” Czartosieski said. “But considering it was an away match, I was very proud of the boys and the way they competed. They really stuck to business and got the job done.”?Westhampton Beach was scheduled to face Longwood on Tuesday and hosted East Hampton yesterday. The Hurricanes will travel to Shoreham/Wading River for a 4 p.m. match on Tuesday before playing a trio of non-league contests against some of the best teams in Suffolk County. They’ll travel to East Islip on Wednesday for a 3 p.m. match and will host Commack on April 11 at 4:30 p.m. before traveling to face Half Hollow Hills East on April 15 at 4:30 p.m. How they fare in those matches will give the Hurricanes a good idea of where they stand in their quest to win a county title.

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