Long Island will be very well represented today as the second round of the 2012 NYSPHSAA Boys Tennis Championships gets underway at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows. Of the eight singles matches to played this morning, five featured Long Island players, three from Nassau and two from Suffolk.
Last year’s 2012 NYSPHSAA Boys Tennis Singles Champion, Josh Levine of Cold Spring Harbor, cruised past his first round opponent, dropping only three games in a straight-set victory. According to Josh, “[he] didn’t play that well to start the match, [he] came out with the victory and hopefully can play better in [his] match tomorrow.”
Zain Ali of Half Hollow Hills East started off his tournament in impressive fashion, beating Shawn Bissonette of Saranac Central High School in straight sets. Brandon Stone of Walt Whitman defeated Tyler Crill of Monroe-Woodbury High School, while Andrew Yaraghi of Friends Academy defeated Dennis Sult of Newburgh Free Academy to also advance.
The only match between two Long Island players went to three grueling sets as 2012 Suffolk County Champion Jeremy Dubin of Southhampton faced off with Herricks’ Vihar Shah. For two hours and 20 minutes, the two traded big serves and crushing backhands, and in the end, Shah came out on top 6-3 in the final set.
Four of the six Long Island doubles teams made it through the first round as well, as the top-seeded Long Beach team of Matthew Barry & Ethan Bogard were victorious, only giving up one game in each set. Barry said, of the victory that the duo “tried to be more aggressive and serve big and it allowed [them] to get to the net and keep the pressure on.” Barry & Bogard's second round match will be against another Long Island-based team, the team of Jeremy Schnapp & Alex Ricciuti of Half Hollow Hills East, who also recorded a straight-set victory in the opening round.
The Westhampton doubles team of John Sipala & Cooper Lacetera rolled over their first round opponents, with a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Nicholas DeLuke & Nicholas Mashuta from Bethlehem High School. The North Shore team of Austin Davidow & Alex Sacher battled back from an 0-6 second set to win a tight third set 6-4 and secure a spot in the second round of play.