Tennis Teams Kick Off Season: Bonackers Beat Sharks; Westhampton Beach Stands At 3-0

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The East Hampton boys tennis team got its season off to a good start last week, beating fellow League VII foe Eastport South Manor 5-2 in Manorville on March 20. Two days later, the Bonackers were missing two starters and suffered a 5-2 home loss to William Floyd, an up-and-coming team. Factoring in a 6-1 home loss to Connetquot in a non-league game on March 18, East Hampton’s record now stands at 1-2 overall on the year.

In the win over ESM, East Hampton swept the doubles matches. The first doubles team of Collin Kavanaugh and Dan Okin beat B.J. Anderson and Darren Chan 6-4, 7-5. The second doubles team of Andrew Dixon and Peter Davis defeated David Wright and Eric Sieferheld 6-3, 6-2, and the third doubles team of Matt Silich and Reese Donaldson beat Mike Pelichia and Sean Brogan, 6-3, 6-3.

ESM’s Alex Reiley beat Bonacker Andrew Davis, 6-2, 6-2, at first singles, while Alex’s brother, Andrew, lost a tough 7-5, 7-5 match to Julian MacGurn at second. At third singles, East Hampton’s Nicky Neubert won in a third set tiebreaker, beating ESM’s Brandon Calderone. Neubert lost the first set 6-4, won the second 7-5 and then the match went straight to a tiebreaker in lieu of a third set, which Neubert won.

The same thing happened at fourth singles, but ESM’s Pedro Otano was victorious over East Hampton’s Brady Yusko. Otano lost the first set 7-5, then won 6-3 before winning the tiebreaker.

In the loss to Floyd, East Hampton was shorthanded as Peter Davis was unable to play. Floyd swept the singles matches, while Dixon and Yusko lost at second doubles. Kavanaugh and Okin won at first doubles and Silich and Donaldson played at third doubles and also won.

Kavanaugh and Okin, who are undefeated thus far on the year, recorded the only win for their team against Connetquot. East Hampton was shorthanded in that match as well, as Dixon was injured and MacGurn was sent home sick.

ESM

Before losing to East Hampton, the Sharks opened the season with a hard-fought 4-3 win at Harborfields in a non-league match.

Freshman Alex Reiley won 7-6 (7-2), 6-3 at first singles, while his brother Andrew, a senior, lost a tough 6-4, 7-6 match at second. Calderone won 7-6, 6-3 at third, and Pedro Otano, an exchange student from Brazil, won what was the deciding point for ESM, prevailing 7-5, 7-5 at fourth singles.

Anderson and Chan won 6-4, 6-3 at first doubles while Wright and Sieferheld lost 6-3, 6-3 at second, and Pelichia and Brogan lost 6-3, 6-2 at third.

Westhampton Beach

The Hurricanes are off to a 3-0 start after recording two non-league wins and their first League VII victory.

The Hurricanes cruised past a young Southampton team, winning 7-0 on the road on Friday. That win came on the heels of a 4-3 victory at Islip on March 20 and a 5-2 win at Bayport/Blue Point on March 18.

The win over Islip was the most exciting of the week, according to head coach John Czartosieski. He explained that the deciding match was at first singles, where Hurricane Cooper Lacetera beat Mike DeNigris in three sets. Lacetera lost the first set 7-6 (7-2), before rebounding and winning the next two sets 6-4, 6-2.

DeNigris played at an academy in Florida last year, but he and Lacetera have faced each other in tournaments outside the high school arena. The last time they played, Lacetera won, but the time before that, DeNigris had beaten Lacetera easily.

“It shows how much Cooper has improved,” Czartosieski said.

Before DeNigris’s and Lacetera’s match, the Hurricanes third doubles team of Riley Smith and Raj Ghayalod grinded out a three-set win as well, where they lost the first set 6-4 before winning 6-3, 6-2. They were the second-to-last match on the court, and their victory set the stage for Lacetera to win the match.

Westhampton Beach swept the doubles matches, with Zach Ellenhorn and Brian Schwartz winning 6-1, 6-1 at first doubles and Paaras Mehta and Nisarg Dabhi winning 6-1, 7-6 (7-5) at second doubles. Westhampton Beach was missing Beecher Halsey in that match because he was sick.

In the first match of the year, the Hurricanes beat Bayport 5-2, despite not having one of their best players, Kevin Cino. Cino was at the match but wasn’t eligible to play yet because he did not have enough practices.

Lacetera won 6-0, 6-4 at first singles; Ellenhorn won 6-0, 6-0 at second; Halsey lost 6-1, 6-0 at third; and Schwartz won 6-4, 7-6 (7-1) at fourth. At first doubles, Matt Kantor and Dabhi won 6-4, 7-5; Sam Kapust and Mehta lost 6-3, 7-6 (7-3) at second; and Smith and Ghayalod won 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 at third.

Southampton

The Mariners, who lost most of their strongest players to graduation last year, have experienced some tough losses to start the season and are now 0-3. They took on two of the top teams in League VII—William Floyd and Westhampton Beach—and lost 7-0 to both, falling to the Hurricanes on Friday at home and losing at Floyd on March 20.

Against Floyd, Dylan Blue lost 6-3, 6-1 to Kevin Farina at first singles, and Shane Terry lost 6-0, 7-6 to Ray Jiang at third singles. Will Reddick, playing at second singles, and Eric Kropiwnicka, playing at fourth, lost quickly in straight sets.

Alex Grun and Connor Kembock fell 6-4, 6-2 to A.J. Otranto and Peter Rasmussen at first doubles, while Tristan Huges and Keeling Pilaro were dispatched quickly in straight sets at second. Ben Perreira and Harry Carter had the most competitive match, falling in three sets at third doubles to Jason Lin and Kevin Jiang. The Mariner duo won the first set 6-3, then lost 6-3 and lost the tiebreaker to decide the match.

Against Westhampton Beach, the Mariners were shorthanded because several players were away for the break. Those absences forced the team to forfeit both second and third doubles. Westhampton Beach won the rest of the matches in straight sets. Kembock had the most competitive match at third singles, losing 6-2, 6-3 to Beecher Halsey.

Hampton Bays

In League VIII, the Baymen lost their first league match, falling 7-0 to Mattituck at home on Friday, after starting the year with a 5-2 win over Bellport in a non-league road match last Thursday, March 21.

ON THE SCHEDULE: Tuesday, 4/2, Hampton Bays at Center Moriches, 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, 4/3, Shoreham/Wading River at ESM, 4 p.m.; East Hampton at Westhampton Beach, 4:30 p.m.; and Ross at Floyd, 4:30 p.m. Thursday, 4/4, Ross at Shoreham, 4:30 p.m. Friday, 4/5, Southampton at East Hampton, 4:30 p.m.; Westhampton at Ross, 4:30 p.m. Saturday, 4/6, ESM at Ross, 1 p.m.

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