They say it is tough to beat a team three times in one season. Well, it may be even tougher to beat the same team by the same score three times in a season but that is just what the Commack Cougars did on Thursday afternoon.
Playing for the third time this season, Commack squared off with Huntington in a Suffolk County quarterfinal matchup and, for the third time, Commack walked away with a 4-3 victory.
Commack jumped out to an early 2-0 lead, after Sol Yoon and Matt Wu defeated Ari Wohl and Nick Newell 6-3, 6-1 at first doubles and Jake Lampert and Alec Sydney beat Stefano Ornato and Sam Latt 6-4, 6-2 at third doubles.
But Huntington responded right back. Jack Flores defeated Andy Zhou 6-3, 6-4 in the top singles spot and then Cody Bograd and Stefan Breskin won 7-6(3), 6-4 at second doubles to even things up at two-all.
Andrew Lin notched a 5-7, 6-3, 6-1 at third singles to give Commack back the lead, and freshman Tyler D’Amato clinched the match for the Cougars, beating Jason Kessler 6-2, 6-1 at fourth singles.
“It’s not easy to beat a team three times by a score of 4-3,” said Commack head coach Shane Helfner. “It shows how evenly matched the two programs are. I’m proud of my guys, as every match new players seem to always step up. It was a true team effort. We are excited to return to the semifinals to play our rival Half Hollow Hills West.”
Half Hollow Hills West got past East Hampton 6-1 in its quarterfinal matchup on Thursday.
The other semifinal in Suffolk will see top seed and undefeated Half Hollow Hills East take on Ward Melville.
Hills East defeated Islip 7-0 in its quarterfinal on Thursday, while Ward Melville moved past Bay Shore 5-2.