The Bonackers dropped a pair of League VII matches recently, putting up a good fight against powerhouse Westhampton Beach in a 5-2 road loss on April 2 before falling 5-2 at Longwood on Thursday. The Bonackers fell to 0-2 in League VII, 1-3 overall.
East Hampton was scheduled to face Shoreham/Wading River on Saturday, but the match was rained out.
Against Westhampton Beach, Jimmy Strauss picked up a win at second singles, beating Christian Thienel 6-4, 6-2, while the first doubles team of Jonathan Jamet and Jonathan Sanabria beat Greg Kandell and Alex Rutherfurd 7-6 (7-2), 6-2.
At second doubles, Brian Fink and Dylan Sanicola lost a close match 7-6, 7-5 to Brian Lehrer and Christian LaDu. At third doubles, David Rubenstein and Luke Sweetman were downed 6-1, 6-2 by Eric Antunovich and Mike Hammond; at first singles, Zach Newberger lost 6-1, 6-1 to Richard Sipala; at third singles J.J. Burke lost 6-0, 6-1 to Tyler Schulz and at fourth singles, Dan Horwith lost 6-2, 6-0 to Steven Palmer.
East Hampton head coach Jim Nicoletti said he thought his team did well against the Hurricanes, a team that is considered to be in the running for a county title this year.
“I was pretty pleased with the way we played,” he said. “To take two points and have a good shot at second doubles was good. They’re definitely a good team and they’re a little more experienced on the court and it showed.”
East Hampton was on the losing end of the same score against Longwood, a team like Westhampton Beach, that is off to a 3-0 start in league play. At first singles, Newberger lost 6-1, 6-1 to Kyle Lastra; at second singles Strauss beat Eric Sumanaru 6-2, 6-4; at third singles, Horwith lost to Kevin Schneider, dropping the first set 6-4, winning the second set 6-4 and losing the third set 6-1; and at fourth singles, Luke Sweetman lost a three-set match to Matt Benjamin, dropping the first set 6-3, winning the second set 6-4 and losing the decisive set 6-2.
In doubles play, Fink and Sanicola won at second doubles, beating Dustin Harris and Vinny Piccolo 6-3, 6-2; at first doubles, Jamet and Sanabria were downed 6-2, 7-6 (12-10) by Jason Geff and Jordan Buffquet and at third doubles, Rubenstein and Burke fell 6-4, 6-2 to John Goyda and Alex Smith.
“It was a winnable match and I thought we were fairly well-matched with them,” Nicoletti said. “They just played a little tougher in the closer matches.”
East Hampton began a tough week on Monday with a match at Rocky Point and visited Mattituck on Tuesday. The Bonackers will host a talented Half Hollow Hills East team on Thursday at East Hampton Indoor Tennis at 4:30 p.m. and will travel to Islip for another tough non-league match on Saturday at 11 a.m.
Because of the construction of new tennis courts at East Hampton High School, the Bonackers have been on the road for all of their matches thus far this season but will play home matches at East Hampton Indoor Tennis. Nicoletti said he is hopeful that getting more court time at the indoor facility and cutting down on travel time to a variety of other areas in the town for practice will help his team find more of a rhythm in matches.
“It’s been a little tough so far,” he said. “But after this week, things will calm down and, hopefully, we’ll be able to settle in a bit.”