Hurricanes Tennis Ends Regular Season On Five-Match Win Streak


After five consecutive losses, the Westhampton Beach boys tennis team roared back to life with five straight wins, finished the League VII season with a 6-6 record, 6-8 overall, good enough for fourth place.

The Hurricanes began their win streak back on April 25, when they edged first-place Ross in a 4-3 match. They came up with another 4-3 win at Rocky Point on April 27 before beating Southampton, 7-0, in a non-league match on April 29. A day later, Westhampton Beach edged Mattituck—tied for first with Ross—in another 4-3 battle.

Against Mattituck, Westhampton Beach swept the doubles matches and also got a win at fourth singles from Peter Marotta, who beat Ty Bugdin 6-2, 6-4. The Hurricane first doubles team of Raj Ghayalod and Sam Santora beat Brian Dorhaty and Josh Hassildine, 6-1, 6-1; the second doubles team of Owen Williams and Christian Prag beat Tucker Johansson and Lucas Kosmyka, 4-6, 6-0, 6-4; and the third doubles team of Wil Nadal and Adam Sherem beat Matt Wells and Austin Gao 7-5, 7-6 (7-4).

Against Southampton (0-12, 0-15), Riley Smith beat Shane Terry, 7-6 (7-3), 6-3 at first singles; Andrew Hempel beat Tristan Hughes, 6-4, 7-5, at second singles; Marotta beat Justin Hatix, 6-2, 6-2, at third singles; and Southampton forfeited at fourth singles. Ghayalod and Santora beat Brian Fiedele, 6-1, 6-1, at first doubles; Williams and Prag beat Alex Prag and Joe Guilli, 6-2, 6-4, at second doubles; and Sheren and Nadal beat Liam McMahon and Rich Ruhling, 6-3, 7-5, at third doubles.

Yesterday’s match with Shoreham ended too late for individual scores.

Several members of the team will compete in the Division IV tournament, which is set to begin on Friday at William Floyd High School at 9 a.m. and conclude on Monday. The top four singles players and top four doubles team will advance to the Section XI (Suffolk County) Individual Tournament, also at Floyd, starting on May 16.

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