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Nov 1, 2010 3:30 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Lady Bonackers, Hurricanes Knocked Out Of Team Tournament

Nov 1, 2010 3:30 PM

The East Hampton girls tennis team saw its season come to an end in the quarterfinals of the Suffolk County Team Tournament on Friday, but not before giving finalist Half Hollow Hills West a pretty good fight before retiring their rackets for the year.

The 10th-seeded Lady Bonackers took the second-seeded powerhouse to the brink of elimination in a 4-3 match that featured two three-set battles. Senior Amy Naula won the final tennis match of her career at first singles, beating Carly Seigel in three sets. Naula lost the first set 6-4 before winning 6-2, 6-2. Carly Grossman, Gillian Neubert and Caitlin Walsh all lost in straight sets at second, third and fourth singles, respectively.

At first doubles, Alex Fulham and Erica Silich—East Hampton’s All-County team—beat Sonya Polyakov and Dani Silber 6-2, 6-3 and, at second doubles, Taylor Nagel and Sarah Keogh beat Lauren Salano and Hannah Finger 7-5, 6-2. At third doubles, Chelsea Larsen and Jessica Bono lost in three sets to Carly Rimstein and Haily Oswath, losing the first set 6-4, winning the second 6-4 and losing the third 6-2.

“We were that one set away from upsetting them,” East Hampton head coach Jim Nicoletti said. “The girls really put a lot into this match. This is the third year in a row that we had to go to Hills West for either a quarter or semifinal match and this is the closest we came to beating them.”

Before the loss to Hills West, East Hampton beat Sachem East easily in the first round and then got past seventh seed Hauppauge in a 4-3 match on the road. In the win over Hauppauge, Naula beat Heather Carroll 6-1, 6-1 at first singles and Keogh lost 6-4, 6-4 to Christine Rienzo at second singles. Grossman lost 6-0, 6-1 at third singles and Neubert won 6-3, 6-4 over Diana Rienzo at fourth singles, which proved to be the deciding match.

At first doubles, Fulham and Silich beat Briana Schoen and Lauren Mateja 6-1, 6-2 and, at second doubles, Larsen and Bono beat Meghan Fitzsimmons and Chelsea Falco 6-0, 6-0. Olivia Annacone and Walsh defaulted to Emily Kline and Erica Curcio at third doubles after splitting the first two sets. Annacone’s back was bothering her and, at that point, East Hampton had already clinched the win.

East Hampton will lose eight seniors to graduation including: Naula, Silich, Fulham, Annacone, Larsen, Nagel, Keogh and Anne Gibson. Naula was a four-year varsity player while Silich, Fulham and Annacone were three-year varsity players.

“I was really proud of my girls this year,” Nicoletti said. “It was a hard-working, dedicated group who always pulled for each other and truly made it a team sport. This team took the defending county champs Hills West right to the brink and had a good chance to win the match.”

Westhampton Beach

Without their best player, the fourth-seeded Lady Hurricanes couldn’t push their way into the semifinals of the county tournament, suffering a 4-3 home loss to fifth seed Commack on Friday.

Senior Diana Vamvakitis—part of this year’s county champion doubles team with Jamie Hann—was visiting colleges and could not be at the match. Hann won 6-1, 6-1 at first singles and Sam Lacetera won 6-2, 6-4 at second singles. Bridget Stucklen lost 6-3, 6-3 at third singles and Nisha Ghayalod lost 7-6 (7-2), 6-2 at fourth singles.

At first doubles, Claudia Purkis and Remy Kneski lost 6-2, 6-1 and, at third doubles, Laura Halsey and Sam Vickers lost 6-1, 6-1. At second doubles, Bridget Connors and Hayley Bester won, although it was a moot point since Commack had already clinched the win.

Before facing Commack, Westhampton Beach beat Islip 6-1. Vamvakitis won 6-0, 6-0 at first singles, Lacetera won 6-2, 6-1 at second, Stucklen won 6-1, 6-4 at third and Purkis won 6-2, 6-1 at fourth. Hann and Kneski won 6-0, 6-1 at first doubles, Ghayalod and Bester won at second doubles in three sets, winning the first 6-1, losing the second 6-4 and winning the third 6-4. Vickers and Halsey lost 7-5, 6-2 at third doubles.

Westhampton Beach head coach John Czartosieski said it was tough to see his team exit before reaching the semifinals.

“It’s disappointing because with Diana in the lineup, I’m confident we would have won that match easily,” he said.

Along with Hann and Vamvakitis, Westhampton Beach will also lose Brie Ostreicher and Chelsea Dankner to graduation.

The season ended for their team, although Hann and Vamvakitis were gearing up for their second straight trip to the state tournament as a doubles team. As juniors, the pair finished third in the state after losing to teammates Brooke Pottish and Lindsay Kantor, who eventually finished second. Czartosieski said he expected Hann and Vamvakitis to be seeded second behind Shiho and Kaho Sato, the defending state doubles champions from Section I (Westchester County). The tournament will begin on Friday at the Eastside Racquet Club in Manlius, New York.

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poor westhampton beach. i understand that college tennis is important but put it on hold for a week and help your team win a county championship. no college coach is going to scoff at that.
By traffic (26), Southampton on Nov 4, 10 4:56 PM