ESM’s Bukzin Reaches Division IV Tennis Finals Again

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Eastport South Manor’s Jackie Bukzin is having a case of deja vu.

For the second consecutive season, Bukzin reached the Division IV girls tennis finals against Aimee Manfredo of Shoreham/Wading River, the top-seeded player in the division, after having defeated Southampton’s Noa Dubin, 6-1, 6-1, in the semifinals on Monday at William Floyd High School. Bukzin defeated Dubin, 6-1, 6-0, last season to reach the finals.

The finals were played Tuesday at William Floyd. Results of the match will appear in next week’s edition of The Press. Bukzin lost, 6-4, 6-3, to Manfredo last season.

Bukzin was again seeded second in this year’s tournament and received a first-round bye. She defeated Mattituck’s Molly Kowalski, the seventh seed, 6-0, 6-2, in the quarterfinals to reach the semis against Dubin.

Additional information on the rest of the Lady Sharks in the tournament was not provided.

ESM finished up its regular season last week with two losses. After losing, 5-2, at home to East Hampton on October 9, the Lady Sharks lost, 6-1, at home to Mercy on Friday.

ESM finished in a three-way tie for last place in League VII this season with identical 2-8 records with Mercy and Westhampton Beach. ESM was 5-9 overall.

Hampton Bays

The Lady Baymen had some unlucky draws at the Division IV tournament and none of them were able to reach the quarterfinal round of either the singles or doubles brackets.

Stefani Blanco and Magdalena Wrobel both lost their opening-round matches. Wrobel lost to top-seeded Aimee Manfredo in her match.

Kasandra Phillips and Alicia Golyski won their first doubles match but then lost in the second round to East Hampton’s pair of Lily Kot and Cece Combemale, whom also eliminated Gabriella LoBue and Olivia Terry.

Hampton Bays Athletic Director Drew Walker, filling in for head coach Nathan Gaudreau, said all of the players did well and competed in all of their matches.

Hampton Bays finished the regular season 4-8 in League VIII after two losses last week. The Lady Baymen lost, 7-0, at Mattituck on October 9, then lost, 5-2, at home to Southampton on Thursday, October 10.

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