| By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff
Photo credit: Julia Raziel

The Half Hollow Hills East boys tennis team got back on the winning track on Friday afternoon, going on the road to defeat Huntington 7-0 following a Thursday loss to rival Half Hollow Hills West which snapped its 106-match winning streak over Suffolk opponents.

Hills East was without some of its players, including Travis Leaf who plays first singles. He was replaced by Ross Reiffman, who stepped up with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Huntington’s Patrick Lombardi.

The turning point of the match came in the seventh game of the first set. Tied 3-3 with Lombardi on serve, Reiffman turned a 15-40 deficit into a crucial break point to change the tide of the match.

“I didn’t play my best tennis but I have to give credit to my opponent,” said Reiffman. “The last couple of years I have been really focusing on doubles. We’re missing one of our guys who I alternate first singles with. He was sick today though so I took the spot.”

Tyler London also stepped up for the Thunderbirds. London, normally a singles player, teamed up with Adam Winck at first doubles to notch a huge victory.

“We were missing four kids, we had a couple of junior varsity boys playing and they stepped up,” said Hills East head coach Tom Depelteau. “We had some different doubles combinations and everybody covered for each other.”

Hills East travels to Smithtown West on Tuesday, April 21 for its next match, while Huntington’s next match will come against Hills East again on Wednesday, April 22.

League I
Hills West 7, Southampton 0
Whitman 5, Mt. Sinai 2

League II
Smithtown East 5, Floyd 2
Smithtown West 6, Kings Park 1
Harborfields 7, Hauppauge 0

League III
Sayville 4, Brentwood 3
Bayport-Blue Point 6, East Islip 1
Bay Shore 7, Brentwood 3
Connetquot 5, North Babylon 2
West Islip 5, Sayville 2

League IV
Deer Park 7, Central Islip 0
Lindenhurst 4, Babylon 3

League V
Whitman 5, Mt. Sinai 2

League VII
Shoreham-Wading River 7, Southampton 0

Credit all photos to Julia Raziel