League VII tennis: Ross, Southampton earn upset wins


Down-to-the-wire matches have been the theme in League VII girls tennis this year, and last week Southampton scored an upset with a 4-3 win over East Hampton at the Sandy Hollow Tennis Club in North Sea on Thursday.

The Lady Mariners avenged a 5-2 loss from earlier in the season to the Lady Bonackers. Southampton moved to 3-5 in the league, 4-5 overall after winning 4-3 at William Floyd on Wednesday, October 6, and losing 5-2 at home against first-place Ross on Friday. In the win over East Hampton, Lady Bonacker Amy Naula won a three-set battle at first singles, beating Southampton’s Jordan Dubin. Dubin won the first set 6-3 before Naula won 6-2 in the second set and 7-6 in the third set.

“It was a great match by two well-matched players,” East Hampton head coach Jim Nicoletti said. “Both girls were hitting all out and making great shots.”

Southampton won the rest of the singles matches, with eighth-grader Noa Dubin beating Sarah Keogh in three sets at second singles. Dubin lost the first set 6-1, won the second 6-4 and won the third set 7-5. Keogh was up 5-3 in the third set but Dubin rallied for the win. Lady Mariner Linda Zambrano beat Carly Grossman in three sets at third singles. Zambrano lost the first set 6-2 before winning 6-3, 7-6 (7-5). Grossman had a 5-4 lead in the third set, but could not close it out. At fourth singles, Alisha Steindecker beat Gillian Neubert in another three-set match. Neubert won the first set 6-1 before Steindecker won 7-5, 7-5. Neubert had a 4-3 lead in that decisive set.

At first doubles, East Hampton’s team of Alex Fulham and Erica Silich beat Lady Mariners Elizabeth Grun and Emily Quatroche 6-3, 6-0. At second doubles, Lady Bonackers Olivia Annacone and Taylor Nagel beat Laura Nickolich and Palmer Grogrias 6-2, 6-1. At third doubles, Southampton’s Paulina Kepczynska and Kayla Pike won 7-5, 7-6 (7-3) against Anne Gibson and Caitlin Walsh.

The Lady Bonackers fell to 4-4 in league, 7-4 overall.

East Hampton lost 6-1 at Westhampton Beach (7-1, 7-2) on Wednesday, October 6. Naula lost 6-2, 7-5 to Diana Vamvakitis at first singles while Keogh lost 6-3, 6-3 to Sam Lacetera at second singles. At third singles, Grossman beat Claudia Purkis 6-1, 6-1 to gain the only point for the Lady Bonackers. Nicoletti called it Grossman’s “best match of the year.” Neubert lost 7-6, (6-4), 6-4 at fourth singles to Nisha Ghayalod.

Fulham and Silich lost at first doubles, 6-4, 7-5, to Jamie Hann and Remy Kneski. Fulham and Silich were leading 5-4 in the second set, but could not pull it out. Annacone and Nagel lost at second doubles to Bridget Connors and Hayley Bester in three sets, 6-4, 0-6, 7-6 (7-5), and Chelsea Larsen and Jessica Bono lost at third doubles, defaulting after splitting the first two sets after Bono sprained her ankle.

East Hampton rebounded to beat Floyd 6-1 on Friday. Naula, Grossman and Neubert won easily in straight sets at first, third and fourth singles, respectively, while Fulham and Silich, Annacone and Nagel and Bono and Larsen also won easily in straight sets at doubles. Grossman lost a tough three-set match at second singles.

Ross Hands WHB First Loss

The Ross tennis team created a tie at the top of the League VII standings by beating Westhampton Beach 4-3 on Thursday in Westhampton Beach, handing the Lady Hurricanes not only their first loss of the year but their first league loss in seven years. The Lady Hurricanes have won seven consecutive titles in League VII. Both teams moved to 7-1 in league play.

Westhampton Beach was missing Diana Vamvakitis, its top singles player and most talented player on the team. Vamvakitis was on an official visit to Sacred Heart University. Head coach John Czartosieski said that Vamvakitis usually plans college visits for days when her team does not have a match, but bad weather last week forced schedule changes and created the conflict.

Ross won all four singles matches and the Lady Canes won the doubles matches. At first singles, undefeated Nadia Smergut beat Sam Lacetera 6-0, 6-1 and at second singles, Bridget Stucklen lost 6-4, 6-2 to Shanna Polley. Claudia Purkis lost 6-4, 6-3 to Daria Schifferstein and Nisha Ghayalod lost in three sets to Lea Peterson, losing the first set 6-0, winning the second 6-4 and losing the third 6-3.

At first doubles, Jamie Hann and Remy Kneski beat Tessa VonWalderdorf and Haleigh Rimland 6-0, 6-2 and at second doubles, Bridget Connors and Hayley Bester beat Olivia Cecelia Combemale 7-6 (8-6), 6-0. At third doubles, Sam Vickers and Laura Halsey beat Aiyana Jaffe and Catherine Bartlett 6-4, 6-3.

In their only other match of the week, the Lady Canes beat Mattituck 7-0 on Friday. Hann, Lacetera, Stucklen and Ghayalod won in straight sets in the singles matches while Vamvakitis and Kneski, Bester and Connors and Vickers and Halsey won in straight sets in doubles.

ON THE SCHEDULE: East Hampton—Tuesday, 10/12, vs. Mattituck at 4:30 p.m.; Wednesday, 10/13, at Ross at 4 p.m. Southampton—Tuesday, 10/12, at Westhampton at 4 p.m.; Wednesday, 10/13, at Longwood at 4:30 p.m.; Thursday, 10/14, vs. Mattituck at 4:30 p.m. Westhampton Beach—Tuesday, 10/12, vs. Southampton at 4 p.m.; Thursday, 10/14, at Floyd at 4 p.m.; Friday, 10/15, vs. Islilp at 4 p.m. Saturday, 10/16, Monday, 10/18 and Tuesday, 10/19, all teams, Division IV tournament at Shoreham/Wading River High School.

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