In the last decade, the word “rivalry” wouldn’t be accurate to describe matchups between the Westhampton Beach and East Hampton girls tennis teams—it’s been a decidedly one-sided affair, with the Lady Hurricanes winning every match for the past 10 years. Before the teams met in Westhampton Beach on Friday, the last time the Lady Bonackers enjoyed a win over the powerhouse program was in 2003. That was one year after current East Hampton head coach and former Westhampton Beach player Michelle Kennedy graduated. On Friday, however, Kennedy’s team earned a convincing 6-1 win.
East Hampton is off to its best start in years—its win over Westhampton Beach was its third straight 6-1 league win and moved the team to 4-1.
“It was exciting for me as a ‘mentee’ to beat my mentor,” Kennedy said.
East Hampton swept the singles matches. At first singles, Carly Grossman beat Laura Halsey, 7-6, 6-1; at second singles, Isabel Peters beat Jodie Sipala, 6-2, 6-1; at third singles, Maddie Aldrich beat Jane Podlaski, 6-3, 6-1; and at fourth singles, Maggie Pizzo beat Sarah Strebel, 6-4, 6-3.
At first doubles, East Hampton’s Dannie Dunphy and Gillian Neubert beat Heather Marcella and Jessica Prost, 6-3, 6-0, and at second doubles, East Hampton’s Lily Kot and Cece Combemale beat Gen Spanarkel and Sabrina Salvi, 7-6, 6-2. Westhampton Beach’s Bo Felske and Hailey Ciolino beat Julia Talasko and Cosima Schelfhout, 6-4, 0-6, 6-7.
Before beating Westhampton Beach, East Hampton got past Eastport South Manor, 6-1, at home on September 18 and beat Ross 6-1 a day earlier.
“After playing everyone in our league once, we are excited to have had such great results,” Kennedy said. “Overall, we are having a great season.”