Neither the Eastport South Manor nor the Hampton Bays boys tennis teams were able to advance anyone to the third and final day of the Division IV Individual Tournament on Monday at William Floyd High School, where the finals took place.
ESM’s Alex Reiley, the seventh seed in the tournament, was one victory shy of matching what he did in last season’s tournament, which was reach the semifinals. After defeating William Floyd’s Kevin Jiang, 6-2, 6-0, Reiley defeated Steven Kucharczyk of Rocky Point in straight sets, 6-0, 6-0, to reach the quarterfinals against Chris Kuhnle of Shoreham/Wading River, the second seed in the tournament. The first two rounds were held Friday and Saturday at William Floyd.
Kuhnle defeated Reiley, 6-0, 6-2, to advance to the semifinals against Ross’s Jan Menke, the third seed. Kuhnle beat Menke, 6-3, 6-1, to reach the finals against top-seeded Cooper Lacetera of Westhampton Beach. Lacetera wound up winning in three sets over Kuhnle; after losing the first set, 6-2, Lacetera came back to win the next two sets, 6-4, 6-0.
Shark Sean Brogan also was in the individual tournament but lost, 6-0, 6-0, to Lacetera. ESM’s top doubles tandem, Tim Jurgielewicz and John Dahlem, lost in the first round to Southampton’s Ben Pereira and Connor Kiembock in three sets. Jurgielewicz and Dahlem won their first set, 6-1, but then dropped the next two, 6-0, 6-3. Sharks Kevin Filetto and Tom Westphelan won their first-round match, 7-6, 6-4, over Riverhead’s Steve Velazquez and Edgar Garcia, but then lost in the next round, 6-0, 6-1, to David Barlow and Jon Cruz of Longwood.
Jack Hilton and Caleb Reed each appeared in the individual tournament for Hampton Bays. Hilton lost his first round match, 6-4, 6-2, to Mattituck’s Parker Tuthill. Reed, who had a very successful regular season campaign, won his first-round match in three sets over Jens Sumerlin of Riverhead. Reed won the first set, 6-2, lost the second set, 7-5, then won the third and final set, 6-1. But then Reed lost, 6-0, 6-3, to Menke in the next round.
Hampton Bays split its final two matches of the season. After losing, 4-3, at Longwood on April 28, the Baymen returned home and won, 5-2, over Riverhead on Thursday, May 1. Hampton Bays finished with a 7-5 League VIII record and tied Southold/Greenport for second place, one of the best finishes for the Baymen in recent years.
ESM halted a six-match losing streak last week with a 7-0 victory at Riverhead on April 29, but the Sharks finished the season with a 5-2 loss at home to Longwood on Thursday, May 1. ESM completed the season with a 2-10 league record, 2-11 overall, which put the team in second-to-last place, ahead of winless Riverhead.
Longwood and Rocky Point shared the League VIII title with 11-1 records.