The Division IV boys tennis tournament got underway on Saturday at Shoreham/Wading River High School, with players from Leagues VII and VIII competing in the first two rounds of play. Quarterfinal play was scheduled to begin on Tuesday, May 13, after bad weather postponed the tournament on Monday.
Results from those matches will appear in next week’s edition.
The three local teams—undefeated League VII winner Westhampton Beach, second place East Hampton and undefeated League VIII winner Southampton—had a very strong presence at the tournament. Westhampton Beach had two seeded players in the singles bracket as well as three seeded teams in the doubles draw. East Hampton also had a pair of seeded singles players and two-seeded doubles teams.
Hurricane Christian Thienel pulled off an upset in the first round, beating sixth-seeded Zack Newburger of East Hampton 6-2, 7-5. Thienel then beat seventh-grader Jeremy Dubin of Southampton 6-4, 6-1 to advance to the quarterfinals.
East Hampton head coach Jim Nicoletti said that Thienel’s powerful forehand gave him an advantage in his win against Newburger.
Fifth-seeded Jack Keenan of Southampton beat Kevin Schneider of Longwood 6-0, 6-2 in the first round and got to the quarterfinals by beating Adrian Summerlin of Riverhead 6-5, 6-3. Eighth-seeded Tyler Schulz of Westhampton Beach beat Jacob Rusek of Rocky Point 6-0, 6-0 and won his next match against Brian Diffley of Shoreham/Wading River 6-0, 6-2. Brian Fink of East Hampton suffered a loss in his opening round match, falling 6-4, 6-0 to Christian Migliara of William Floyd.
In doubles action, several teams earned first-round byes because many of the schools chose not to enter more than one doubles team.
The top-seeded team of East Hampton’s Jonathan Jamet and Dylan Sanicola had a bye in the first round before beating Matt Miller and Andrew Batchellor of Southampton 6-3, 6-1. Miller and Batchellor grinded out a tough win in the opening round against the second doubles team from Shoreham/Wading River. They dropped the first set 7-5 before winning the next two sets 6-3, 7-6 (7-2).
The second-seeded team of Westhampton Beach’s Kenny Ballato and Dylan Jurow had a bye in the opening round and beat the first doubles team from Mattituck 6-2, 6-0 to get to the quarterfinals. John Sanabria and Dan Horwith of East Hampton, seeded seventh, had a bye in the first round before facing Nick Pobat and Luke O’Connor of Southampton. Pobat and O’Connor beat Rocky Point’s third doubles team in three sets in the first round, dropping the first set 6-2 before rallying for 6-2, 7-5 wins.
Sixth-seeded Matt and Josh King of Southampton made it to the quarterfinals without picking up their rackets, earning a first-round bye before winning by forfeit against Shoreham/Wading River’s third doubles team.
J.J. Burke and David Rubenstein of East Hampton had a first-round bye as well, but couldn’t make it to the quarterfinals, suffering a 6-1, 6-4 loss to the third-seeded team from Rocky Point.
Strong Regular Season Finishes
Both Westhampton Beach and Southampton finished the regular season with undefeated records. East Hampton, meanwhile, beat Mattituck 4-3 at home on May 7 to finish second in League VII with a 7-3 record. Sanabria and Horwith won the deciding match at second doubles, beating David Kupiszewski and Tripp Cardinale 6-1, 2-6, 6-3.
The Section XI (Suffolk County) team tennis tournament was originally slated to begin on Tuesday although the postponement of the division tournament has pushed that back and a new date has yet to be announced.