| By Brian Coleman
Photo credit: Brian Coleman

The Syosset Braves remained perfect on the 2015 season on Monday, beating conference foe Roslyn 5-2 in a tightly-contested matchup on a sunny, but windy, afternoon.

The Braves were led by its singles play, starting at the top with first singles player Daniel Shleimovich. While the wind caused some frustration and he struggled a bit with the accuracy of some of his shots, he was able to out duel Roslyn’s Michael Liebman 6-4, 6-3 to get Syosset on the board.

Freshman Eli Grossman then stepped in and put together a fine match, sneaking out the first set 7-5 before going on to beat Jake Gaas of Roslyn 7-5, 6-1.

Nitchil Ragiesh & Spencer Lowitt moved the Braves within one win of the victory with a 6-4, 6-3 win at first doubles over Eric Irom & Jeremy Kaplan.

The final match to get onto the court on Monday was the second singles players, Syosset’s Dylan Granat and Roslyn’s Justin Lempert. Needing one win to seal the deal, Granat played nearly flawless, overpowering Lempert for a 6-1, 6-1 victory.

While the wind played a factor early, both teams had to make proper adjustments to their style of play to adapt to the elements.

“The wind played a major role for both teams,” said Syosset Head Coach Shai Fisher. “I thought all of the guys played better as the match progressed and as they adjusted to the conditions, including figuring out which way the wind was blowing and how it would affect heavy topspin ground strokes versus hitting a flatter ball.”

Roslyn kept itself in the match with the play of its second and third doubles teams, both of whom notched wins, including a 1-6, 6-1, 6-2 victory by Chase Greenberg & Justin Princer over Adam Camarick & Chad Kagan at third doubles.

Syosset’s fourth doubles tandem of Dave Aditga & Dan Weinberg stepped up to win the final match of the afternoon, edging Roslyn’s Simon Adler & Evan Kirsch 7-5, 7-5.

“Throughout the year, all of our doubles teams have been coming up big for us,” said Fisher. “Playing in the conditions, both second and third had a very tough time adjusting but we believe in every one of our guys, no matter where they play. Fourth doubles was just one of the positions that stepped up yesterday, but it’s been a collective team effort the entire year.”

The win moves Syosset to 12-0 on the season ahead of a Wednesday road match at Garden City. Roslyn drops to 6-4 on the year and will host Manhasset in its next contest.

Here are the rest of the scores from across Long Island on Monday afternoon:

Nassau County
Conference I-A
Port Washington 6, Wheatley 1
Plainview JFK 5, South Side 2
Cold Spring Harbor 7, Hewlett 0

Conference I-B
Great Neck North 6, Friends Academy 1
|Jericho 5, Manhasset 2

Conference II
Massapequa 4, Bellmore JFK 3
Mepham 4, Lynbrook 3
Herricks 4, North Shore 3
Oceanside 5, Valley Stream Central 2

Conference III-A
Carle Place 4, Calhoun 3
Glen Cove 5, East Meadow 2
Locust Valley 6, Farmingdale 1

Conference III-B
Plainedge 5, Wantagh 2
MacArthur 4, New Hyde Park 3
Long Beach 5, Sewanhaka 2
Bethpage 4, West Hempstead 3

Conference IV-A
Valley Stream South 5, Baldwin 2

Suffolk County
League I
Hills East 7, Whitman 0

League II
Smithtown East 5, Hauppauge 2
Smithtown West 6, Glenn 1

League III
East Islip 4, Brentwood 3
Bay Shore 6, Connetquot 1
Bayport-Blue Point 7, Sayville 0

League IV
North Babylon 5, Deer Park 2
Islip 4, Brentwood 3

League V
Ward Melville 5, Sachem East 2
Patchogue-Medford 5, Longwood 2

League VII
Shoreham-Wading River 4, Westhampton 3

League VIII
Southold/Greenport 5, Eastport-South Manor 2
East Hampton/Bridgehampton/Pierson 4, Floyd 3

Syosset vs. Rosyln
Monday, May 4, 2015 at Syosset High School
Credit all photos to Brian Coleman



Brian Coleman

Brian Coleman is the Senior Editor for Long Island Tennis Magazine. He may be reached at brianc@usptennis.com