| By Gary Simeone
Photo credit: Gary Simeone

The 2013 Nassau County Boys Individual Championships were scheduled to begin on Saturday, May 11, but Mother Nature changed those plans as rain caused the postponement of Day One of the tournament. On Sunday morning as Coordinator Barry Kubit squeegeed the courts of Oceanside High School and the sun finally shone through as play was able to get underway.

There were 155 players on hand, representing 46 Nassau County high schools, playing some great tennis and did themselves and their schools proud.

In singles play, top-seeded Vihar Shah of Herricks defeated Dan Shleimerich of Syosset in the quarterfinals in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2, to advance to the semifinals. Shah will now face the winner of the quarterfinal match between Jared Halsrom of Bellmore JFK or Doug Notaris of Wantagh High School. The Halstrom-Notaris quarterfinal match was suspended due to darkness. They were even at a set apiece when play was stopped and will play one set next Saturday morning at 8:00 a.m. to determine Shah's opponent.

The other semifinal is set as second-seeded Conor Dauer of Cold Spring Harbor defeated Dylan Appel of Locust Valley, coming back from a set down to win in three tough sets, 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 to advance. He will take on Ben Rosen of Port Washington after Rose advanced by defeating Jack Vissicchio of Friends Academy, 6-3, 6-4.

In the doubles draw, the top seeded pair of Jon Paris & Conor Mullins of Cold Spring Harbor have played well thus far, and will take on Josh Young & Yuval Solomon of Plainview in one semifinal match. Paris & Mullins remain the favorites, but the second-seeded team of Addison Berniker & Henry Tell of Syosset are also looking strong as they won in straight sets, defeating the Cold Spring Harbor pair of AJ Arena & Nick Stamatos 6-2, 6-2. Their semifinal opponent will be determined Saturday morning, May 18 at 8:00 a.m. when Ben Zaslav & Jace Koretz of Oceanside finish their quarterfinals match with Brett Edelblum & Alec Goldberg of Roslyn as the match was suspended due to darkness. When play was called, Zaslav & Koretz were leading 6-3, 2-3.

The semifinals will be played Saturday, May 18 at 9:30 a.m. again at Oceanside High School, and the finals will be played in the afternoon.

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Gary Simeone

<p>&nbsp;Gary Simeone is writing intern/public relations associate for <em>Long Island Tennis Magazine</em>.</p>