Westhampton Beach’s Cooper Lacetera had the most impressive win of his varsity tennis career last week, beating Zane Ali of Half Hollow Hills East in a non-league home match on April 17.
Hills East easily won the match, beating the Hurricanes, 6-1, but Westhampton Beach head coach John Czartosieski said that Lacetera’s win helped take some of the sting out of the defeat.
Ali and Lacetera train at the same tennis academy up-island but have never played each other on the high school circuit or in USTA play. But Ali is widely recognized as one of the top players on Long Island—he’s ranked in the top 100 in the eastern region of the USTA and has made appearances in the high school state tournament.
Not only did Lacetera beat Ali, he did so in convincing fashion, winning, 6-4, 6-2.
“They know each other well and Cooper has always mentioned how good Zane is,” Czartosieski said.”[Ali is] a grinder, gets every ball back, and doesn’t make a lot of mistakes. But on Wednesday it was like the roles were almost reversed. Cooper played a nearly perfect match.”
The Hurricanes lost the rest of the matches that day in straight sets. Hills East improved to 11-0 overall.
Westhampton Beach was also supposed to face Ward Melville (7-0) in a non-league match last week, but it was postponed due to bad weather. The loss to Hills East dropped the Hurricanes to 8-2 overall, and they sat in second place in League VII with a 5-1 record, behind Ross (6-1, 7-2).
Bonackers Win 2 Of Last 3
East Hampton moved to 4-3 in League VII, 4-5 overall, after winning two of its last three matches. The Bonackers started last week with a 5-2 home win over Shoreham/Wading River (1-6) before beating Eastport South Manor, 5-2, at home the next day. East Hampton lost a tough 4-3 match at East Islip in a non-league affair on Friday.
The win over ESM (3-4, 4-4) was a nail-biter, with the Bonackers grinding out three-set wins at second, third and fourth singles. Collin Kavanaugh, playing against ESM’s Brandon Calderone at third singles, lost the first set, 6-4, and was down 5-1 in the second set before winning 12 straight points to clinch the victory. He fought off five match points for Calderone along the way.
At second singles, Julian MacGurn beat Alex Reiley, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2, while at fourth singles, Andrew Davis beat Pedro Otano, 2-6, 7-5, 6-4. Dan Okin lost to Andrew Reiley at first singles, 2-6, 6-4, 5-7.
At first doubles, East Hampton earned the sweep, with Matt Silich and Reese Donaldson beating B.J. Anderson and Darren Chan, 6-4, 6-1, at first, Peter Davis and Andrew Dixon beating Mike Pelicia and Tom Jugielewicz, 6-3, 6-2, at second doubles, and Nicki Neubert and Brady Yusko beating Sean Brogan and Kevin Gorman, 6-1, 6-0, at third doubles.
Against Shoreham, East Hampton swept the singles matches, with Okin, MacGurn, Kavanaugh and Andrew Davis winning at first through fourth, respectively, in straight sets. The Bonac third doubles team of Yusko and Neubert also won easily in straight sets.
Against East Islip, MacGurn, Kavanaugh and Andrew Davis won in straight sets at the top three singles spots. Peter Davis and Dixon lost a three-set match at second doubles.
East Hampton was scheduled to visit William Floyd (5-2, 8-3) on Monday. (For results, see this week’s Monday Roundup article.) Prior to that match, MacGurn had the best record on the team, with only one loss.
Southampton Drops Three
The Southampton boys tennis team is still searching for its first win, falling to 0-7 in League VII, 0-9 overall, with three losses last week, but several individuals on the team have been seeing success.
The first doubles team of Alex Grun and Connor Kiembock were winners in two of their most recent three matches, with their one loss coming in three sets. Grun and Kiembock beat Charles and Doug DeMaio in Southampton’s 4-3 loss to Shoreham/Wading River (1-6) on April 10, and they also beat Will Franz and Eric Hochwald in a 5-2 non-league loss to Harborfields (0-6, 4-7) on April 15. The Mariner pair was edged in their team’s 7-0 loss to Floyd (5-2, 8-3) at home on April 17, falling, 6-4, 4-6, 6-7, to Floyd’s Peter Rasmussen and Kevin Ferguson.
Keeling Pilaro, playing at third singles, had the only other close loss in the battle with Floyd. Against Jason Lin, Pilaro lost the first set, 6-4, won the second set, 6-4, and then lost a tiebreaker played in lieu of a third set, 7-5.
Against Harborfields, first singles player Dylan Blue got the only other win for his team, beating Matt Singer, 7-5, 7-6.
The match with Shoreham was the closest that the Mariners have come to a win this season. Blue lost, 6-4, 7-5, to Chris Kuhnle at first singles; Pilaro beat Craig Schmitt, 7-5, 7-5, at second singles; Tristan Hughes lost to Mike Neidhart, 4-6, 6-3, 3-6, at third singles; and Erick Kropiwnicka beat Connor O’Toole, 7-6, 6-4, at fourth singles.
Baymen Win Four Straight
After four consecutive wins, the Hampton Bays boys tennis team has climbed the standings in League VIII and, as of Monday morning, held a 5-2 record, 6-2 overall, and sat in third place. The Baymen were slated to visit first-place Mattituck (6-0, 6-1) on Monday. (For results, see this week’s Monday Roundup article.)
The Baymen beat Southold (3-5) in consecutive matches last week and also got past Rocky Point (4-3). They started the week with a 4-3 win over Southold at Red Creek Park on April 15, sweeping the singles matches to take the win. Jack Hilton, Caleb Reed, Tim Berglin and Saul Rojas were the winners that day.
The Baymen did even better on the North Fork the next day, winning 6-1. The same singles lineup won again, while the second doubles team of Ross Hamilton and Adrian Holguin and the third doubles team of Nick Romagnoli and Juan Buritica also won. Individual scores were not provided.
In the home win over Rocky Point on April 17, Hilton won, 6-3, 6-2, at first singles, Reed won, 6-4, 6-2, at second, Berglin won, 6-3, 6-2, at third and Rojas won, 7-6, 6-1, at fourth. The first doubles team of Wayne Stanton and Romagnoli won, 6-4, 7-6.
ON THE SCHEDULE: Wednesday, 4/24, ESM at Shoreham, 4 p.m., Floyd at Ross, 4:30 p.m., Westhampton at East Hampton, 4:30 p.m.; Thursday, 4/25, Ross at Westhampton, 4:30 p.m.; Friday, 4/26, Center Moriches at Hampton Bays, 4:30 p.m., East Hampton at Southampton, 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, 4/27, Hampton Bays at Rocky Point, 2 p.m.; Monday, 4/29, Floyd at ESM, 4 p.m., Westhampton at Shoreham, 4 p.m., Southampton at Ross, 4:30 p.m., Hampton Bays at Longwood, 4 p.m.