The Nassau County Boys High School Tennis Championship Finals took place at Oceanside High School on Saturday, May 21. The best high school boys tennis players from across Nassau County faced off in the individual championships, in hopes of capturing the County title and qualifying for the state championships in June.
On the singles side of the draw, fourth-seeded Brendan Henry from Farmingdale upset top-seeded Zachary Morris of Garden City, in the semifinals, 6-2, 2-6, 6-3. Henry’s heavy hitting earned him decisive points in the first and third sets, leading him to victory. Morris was able to counterpunch his way back into a third set, however Henry reeled off four straight games, setting him on his way to the finals. Second-seeded Josh Levine of Cold Spring Harbor quickly made his way to the finals when his opponent, Vihar Shah of Herricks, retired in the second set.
It came down to an epic singles final battle between Josh Levine and Brendan Henry. At first, it looked as if Henry was on his way to a routine straight set victory; however, Levine combated the extreme shots of Henry, and was able to catch his opponent off guard late in the second set. After breaking Henry's serve late in the second set, Levine continued to frustrate his opponent, giving himself the needed momentum to capture the singles title in a three set victory over Henry, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2.
“I was confident coming into the match because I knew Brandon’s game really well, but his shot making was unreal for a set and a half,” said Levine. Levine will now head to the state championships in early June and said, “I’m confident going into states only because I’ve been there before plus I’m seeing the ball really well, so it should be fun.”
On the doubles side of the tournament, J.J. Tauil & Dan Grinshteyn of Hewlett, faced off against Doron Saraf & Jared Lewis of Great Neck North. Tauil & Grinshteyn dominated the points throughout the finals, with overpowering serves that led to easy winners against the Great Neck North team.
“We knew coming in that we should go all the way no matter what,” said Tauil. “Going to the states is going to be fun. We’re definitely going to remain confident and hopefully be able to put Nassau County and Hewlett back on the map.” The duo of Tauil & Grinshteyn will be heading to states for their first time in June.
There were also consolation matches for the runners-up in the semifinals for both the singles and doubles. On the singles side, Zachary Morris of Garden City defeated Vihar Shah of Herricks, 3-6, 6-4, 7-5. On the doubles side, Jon Paris & Conor Mullins of Cold Spring Harbor defeated first-seed Kevin Katz & Stephen Peng of Syosset, 7-5, 6-4.
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Credit all photos to David Drucker
The top four doubles teams gather for a photo
Brendan Henry from Farmingdale and Zachary Morris of Garden City met in the semifinals of the 2011 Nassau County Individual Boys Championship
Jared Lewis & Doron Saraf of Great Neck North faced the team of J.J. Tauil & Dan Grinshteyn of Hewlett in the Nassau County Boys Tennis Doubles Finals
Conor Mullins & Jon Paris from Cold Spring Harbor with Doron Saraf & Jared Lewis from Great Neck North
Vihar Shah from Herricks with Josh Levine from Cold Spring Harbor prior to their semifinals match
Nassau County Singles Champ Josh Levine from Cold Spring Harbor, third-place finisher Zachary Morris of Garden City and runner up Brendan Henry from Farmingdale pause for a photo during the 2011 Nassau County Boys High School Tennis Championship
Brendan Henry of Farmingdale in action during his finals match against Josh Levine of Cold Spring Harbor
Josh Levine of Cold Spring Harbor in his semifinals match against Vihar Shah or Herricks