Southampton singles player Noa Dubin earned All-County honors for the fourth year in a row by advancing to the semifinals of the Division IV Individual Tennis Tournament at William Floyd High School on Monday.
The win secured a spot in the county tournament for Dubin, seeded second, who was slated to play third seed Emily Fernandez of Floyd in the semis on Tuesday. (Results will be in next week’s edition). Fifth seed Brooke Fernandez was scheduled to take on top seed Jackie Bukzin of Eastport South Manor in the other semi.
Dubin started the tournament with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Julie Krudop of Mattituck and a 6-0, 6-1 win over Michele Hoffman of Shoreham/Wading River on Saturday. On Monday, Dubin dispatched Jaime Lessard of Mercy, 6-0, 6-0, in the quarterfinals.
Southampton’s other singles player in the tournament, sophomore Cecelia Scheuer, had a strong showing as well. Scheuer beat Caitlyn Burridge of Center Moriches, 6-1, 6-1, in the first round before taking on fourth seed Laura Halsey of Westhampton Beach. Scheuer won the first set, 6-4, lost the second, 4-6, and was up 3-1 and 40-0 in the third set before Halsey stormed back to win the next five games and take the match with a 6-3 win in that set.
Lady Mariners Marcelina Kropiwnicka and Julia Kepczynska were supposed to compete together as a doubles team, but when Kepczynska got sick, Pauline DeLaCruz was forced to take her spot. DeLaCruz and Kropiwnicka beat Sue Piotrowski and Ali McKenna of ESM, 7-6, 6-3, in the first round, before losing to fifth seeds Lily Kot and Harriet DeGroot of East Hampton, 6-3, 2-6, 2-6.
“It was a good run for a makeshift team,” Southampton head coach Juni Wingfield said, pointing out that the pair hadn’t played together all season.
Southampton’s other doubles team, Megan Goleski and Olivia Bruyn, lost, 7-5, 6-2, in the first round to Sophie Cassou and Liz Halsberger of Ross.
Before the tournament, Southampton wrapped up the regular season in League VII with a 6-1 loss at Ross on October 8 and a 4-3 home win over Westhampton Beach a day earlier. Southampton, East Hampton and Westhampton Beach all finished with 4-6 records in league play, behind William Floyd (10-0) and Ross (5-5).
Against Westhampton Beach, Dubin beat Halsey, 6-1, 6-1, at first singles, while Scheuer beat Caitlin Smith, 6-2, 6-3, at second singles, and Kropiwnicka beat Sabrina Salvi, 6-2, 6-3 at third. Westhampton Beach’s Bo Felske beat Madison Kelly, 6-2, 6-1, at fourth singles, and the Westhampton Beach first doubles team of Mira Patel and Yesha Dalal beat DeLaCruz and Molly Squires, 6-4, 2-6, 6-2, at first doubles. Southampton’s Bruyn and Goleski earned a three-set win over Hailey Ciolino and Lauren Bauer, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3, at second doubles, while Westhampton Beach’s Emma Bender and Sarah Strebel beat Haille Della Volpe and Joanna Moore, 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7-2), at third doubles.
In Southampton’s loss to Ross, Dubin beat Amanda Mintz, 6-1, 6-2, at first singles for the only point. Scheuer lost a tight match with Rory Gallaher at second singles, and Kropiwnicka lost in three sets to Kendall Scala at third singles.
The fifth-seeded Lady Bonackers doubles team of Lily Kot and Harriet DeGroot had the most success in the Division IV tournament for their team, making it to the quarterfinals before losing, 0-6, 6-4, 6-7 (7-9), to Victoria Panicola and Zoe DaSilva of Floyd. Before that loss, the Bonac pair beat Southampton’s Marcelina Kropiwnicka and Pauline DeLaCruz, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 to earn All-Division status.
Kot and DeGroot opened the tournament with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Anna Harris and Gia Rosante of Hampton Bays. The doubles team of Amelie Neubert and Makenzie Scheerer beat Sammy Tiska and Olivia Zemmour of Westhampton Beach, 6-3, 6-4, in the first round before losing, 6-1, 6-0, to second-seeded Antoinette Viglione and Kayla D’Addario of Floyd.
In the singles draw, Isabel Peters beat Magda Wrobel of Hampton Bays, 6-2, 6-4, in the first round before losing, 6-1, 6-1, to fifth seed Brooke Fernandez of Floyd. Maddie Aldrich lost, 6-0, 6-1, to Emily Mowdy of Mattituck in the first round.
East Hampton lost, 7-0, to undefeated Floyd on October 8 to finish the season in a tie with Westhampton Beach and Southampton for third with a 4-6 record.
Every year, it seems like the final four in both the singles and doubles draw at the Division IV tournament is a sea of dark green. That hasn’t changed, but a closer look at those uniforms in the last two years would reveal that a different group of players has been dominating the courts lately.
For the second year in a row, the typically dominant Westhampton Beach girls tennis team did not have a single player earn All-County status by making the semifinals in singles or doubles. William Floyd—another team that dons green—has been the strongest squad as of late. The Lady Colonials wrapped up an undefeated season in League VII to win the league title last week, going 10-0, and then watched two of their singles players and three doubles teams advance to the semifinals to earn All-County honors.
Westhampton Beach, meanwhile, finished tied for third in the league with a 4-6 record. In the tournament, fourth-seeded singles player Laura Halsey was upset in the quarterfinals, losing, 6-2, 6-4, to Floyd’s Brooke Fernandez. A hard-fought 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 win over Southampton’s Cecelia Scheuer in the round before that loss seemed to take its toll on Halsey, Westhampton Beach head coach John Czartosieski said. Halsey took more than two hours to fight off Scheuer, while Fernandez breezed to an easy win in her quarterfinal match. Czartosieski said that Halsey was “noticeably tired” against Fernandez, and said the fatigue caused her to make more errors.
Halsey opened the tournament with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Drew Hahn of Mattituck. Caitlin Smith, Westhampton Beach’s other singles player, lost, 6-0, 6-2, in the first round to third seed Emily Fernandez of Floyd.
Both of Westhampton Beach’s doubles teams lost in the first round. Mira Patel and Yesha Dalal, seeded eighth, were upset, 7-5, 7-5, by Riverhead’s first doubles team, while Emma Bender and Lauren Bauer lost, 6-2, 6-3, to Floyd’s third doubles team.