Credit all photos to Emma Fein
The Syosset Braves captured its second straight Nassau County championship on Tuesday afternoon, defeating Roslyn 5-2 at Eisenhower Park.
The win extended the Braves win streak to 32 straight.
“It takes a lot of perseverance from them. Every guy on this team stepped up throughout the year,” said Syosset head coach Shai Fisher. “All of those pressure situations we went through during practice helped. It’s a testament to each guy on the team. They work hard throughout the year and it allows them to pull out these tough matches.”
It was the singles play that led the way for the Braves. Neel Rajesh got past Sangjin Song 7-5, 6-2 at first singles, Kabir Rajpal defeated Zach Khazzam 6-3, 6-4 at second singles and Eli Grossman beat Justin Lempert 6-3, 6-2 in the third singles flight.
The clinching match came on the second doubles court, as Syosset’s Aadam Canarick and Yash Samantaray outlasted Ben Tenner and Jared Cohen 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 to seal Syosset’s second straight Nassau championship.
“It’s very exciting, it’s a great feeling,” said Grossman. “We worked very hard to get here, and hopefully we can keep it up in the Executive Cup. It’s a combination of coaching, the system, the practices and how serious we take the tennis.”
The Syosset success is a result of a lot of things, one in particular being the chemistry of the teams. Each year the captain’s are selected by the outgoing captains who choose who they feel is most suited to lead the team, and the kids take that responsibility seriously.
The loss in the county championship doesn’t take away from the incredible year the Roslyn Bulldogs had, especially considering it lose a number of seniors from last year’s squad.
“I am 100% proud of how they played,” said Roslyn head coach KerriAnn Jannotte-Hinkley. “They put together a herculean effort against a very strong Syosset team. They couldn’t have worked any harder, and made their coach look very smart. We have a tradition where the captain’s set the tone for the whole team, and they and the seniors did just that. The young kids see what needs to be done, and that’s exactly what happened. I couldn’t be prouder.”
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