Hampton Bays, ESM Girls Tennis Teams Gearing Up For Division Tournament

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The Hampton Bays girls tennis team won big, 7-0, at Southold/Greenport on October 1 to improve to 6-3 in League VIII action. The Lady Baymen have not lost a match to Southold/Greenport this season, winning the first contest on September 8 by an identical score.

Magda Wrobel won her first singles match, 6-0 and 6-0, while Erin Tully, at second singles, won her match, 6-0 and 6-1. The third doubles team of Christine Dubrowski and Dana Klager, the latter filling in for Juliana Gutierrez, also cruised in their match, winning 6-0 and 6-1.

The first round of the Division IV Tournament, which encompasses Leagues VII and VIII, begins at noon this Friday at the William Floyd High School. The conclusion of the first and second rounds will take place the following day, again starting at noon, with the quarter and semifinal rounds scheduled to begin on Monday, October 13, at 9 a.m. The finals will take place the following day at 2 p.m.

Hampton Bays is looking to do much better than it did last season, when it had only one doubles pairing—Alicia Golyski and Kasandra Phillips—advance to the second round. Head coach Stephanie DiCapua said Sunday that she is confident her players will fare much better this time around, though a lot of their success depends on where they’re seeded in the tournament. That information was not going to be shared until today, Thursday, October 9, with the coaches.

Hampton Bays will have two singles players and two doubles’ tandems in the tournament. DiCapua said her first singles player, Wrobel, and first doubles team, Golyski and Gabriella Lobue, will be entered, though she was uncertain who else from her roster will be making an appearance.

Registration for the team’s “Play For Pink” doubles tournament, which will be held at the Hampton Bays Elementary School next Saturday, October 18, is still ongoing. The tournament is not limited to high school players, so anyone who is interested can come down and play. The cost is $20 per doubles team, and the event will run from noon until 4 p.m.

Proceeds raised at the event will go to Alex’s Lemonade Stand, which raises money and awareness of childhood cancer causes, and also invests in new research treatments. For more information about the organization, visit the event’s page at www.alexslemonadestand.org/mypage/1120506.

Rough Week For Lady Sharks

The Eastport South Manor girls tennis team lost all three of its matches last week.

After dropping a non-league match, 5-2, at Mercy on September 29, the Lady Sharks returned home on October 1 only to fall, this time by a score of 6-1, to undefeated and League VII leader William Floyd. ESM suffered another 6-1 loss at East Hampton on Friday in which two of the team’s three double pairs fell in tiebreakers.

The Lady Sharks dropped to 3-5 in League VII, 5-7 overall, with the losses.

ESM freshman Jackie Bukzin, who won all three of her matches last week, will be looking to reach the Division IV finals for the third consecutive season this weekend at the William Floyd High School.

For the past two seasons, Bukzin has reached the finals only to lose to Shoreham/Wading River’s Aimee Manfredo, who has since graduated. With Manfredo out of the picture, Bukzin could very well be the top seed in this weekend’s tournament.

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