Half Hollow Hills East earned its 59th consecutive Suffolk County victory, and will seek its first Long Island Championship against Cold Spring Harbor Monday, June 4 at Smithtown East High School at 1:00 p.m. after a 6-1 win over Ward Melville.
Hills East gave number two Ward Melville their first loss in 19 matches, and in the process, the top-seeded Half Hallow Hills East improved its season to a perfect 18-0, winning its third straight Suffolk County Championship and its seventh in eight years.
HHHE took the first three points by winning first and third doubles and first singles in straight sets, as first singles player Ali was a 6-3, 6-0 winner over Ward Melville's Cole Laffitte. Alec Tuckey then clinched the win for HHHE, winning at fourth singles pulling out a second set tie-breaker to win 6-2, 7-6(1).
Ward Melville's lone victory came at thrid singles where Jacob Rothstein pulled out a hard-fought 6-4, 1-6, 6-4 three-set win over Jeff Cherkin.
The 2012 Long Island Boys High School Tennis Championship will be a rematch of last year's final, won by CSH 4-3.