The East Hampton boys tennis team established itself as one of the top tier teams in League VII with two convincing wins against Shoreham/Wading River to improve to 4-2 in league play, 5-5 overall. The Bonackers’ two league losses have come at the hands of second-place Longwood (4-2) and first-place Westhampton Beach, which has an undefeated record and is one of the top teams in the county.
East Hampton began the week with a 6-1 win at Shoreham and suffered a 6-1 non-league loss at Commack the following day before beating the Wildcats by the same score at home on Thursday.
In the wins against Shoreham, East Hampton used the same singles lineup, and in both matches, first singles player Zach Newburger was defeated, although he gave a better effort in the match on Thursday. Newburger was downed 6-2, 6-0 by Jakob Madej in the first match and pushed him to three sets in next meeting, winning the first set 6-3 before losing the next two sets 6-1, 6-0.
At second singles, Jimmy Strauss beat Rob Aponte easily both times, winning 6-1, 6-0 in the first match and 6-0, 6-2 in the second match. At third singles, Brian Fink got past C.J. Ackley twice as well, winning 6-1, 6-4 the first time and grinding out a tougher two-set match the second time, winning 7-5, 7-6 (7-1). At fourth singles, Luke Sweetman had a similar experience, beating Addison Baxter 6-2, 6-1 in the first match before winning 6-1, 7-6 (7-4) in the second meeting.
In doubles play, Jonathan Jamet and Dylan Sanicola beat Craig Ceruti and Alan Sweet 6-0, 6-1 in the earlier match and cruised to a 6-0, 6-0 win the next time against Mike Kitz and Mike Pitts. At second doubles, John Sanabria and Dan Horwith teamed up for a 6-0, 6-0 win against Chris Hordsyon in the first match and beat Hordsyon and Ceruti 6-0, 6-1 in the second match. In third doubles play, Burke and Rubenstein beat John Kneifel and Kitz 6-3, 6-2 in the first match and in the second match, Rubenstein
teamed up with Carlos Uchupailla to beat Sweet and John Rockford 6-3, 6-3.
“They were good matches,” East Hampton head coach Jim Nicoletti said. “I was pleased with those two wins.”
Against Commack—a League I team expected to compete for a county title—second singles player Strauss earned East Hampton’s only win, beating Jordan Lindenman 6-2, 6-3. Zach Newburger was downed at first singles 6-1, 6-0; Jonathan Jamet lost 6-1, 6-1 at third singles and Dan Horwith suffered a 6-1, 6-0 loss at fourth singles.
The Bonackers were slightly more competitive in doubles play, but could not pull out any wins. At first doubles, Dylan Sanicola and John Sanabria lost 6-2, 6-2; David Rubenstein and J.J. Burke were downed 6-2, 6-4 at second doubles and at third doubles, Luke Sweetman and Carlos Uchupailla lost 6-3, 6-1.
“They’re a good team and played good tennis,” Nicoletti said of Commack. “They’re a solid team and it showed throughout the lineup. Jimmy frustrated their number-two guy and kept the ball in play and didn’t make mistakes, which is what Jimmy does.”
East Hampton was scheduled to face West Babylon in a non-league match on Tuesday and will host Ward Melville in what should be a tough non-league match on Thursday at East Hampton Indoor Tennis at 3 p.m.