The team playoffs for Nassau County boys’ tennis began Monday afternoon with a number of quarterfinal contests being played as teams bid for a conference championship.
Conference 1 Quarterfinals
►Port Washington 6, Plainview JFK 1
Port Washington defeated Plainview JFK 6-1 in a play-in match, pushing the Vikings into a Conference I semifinal against the Syosset Braves. The other Conference I semifinal will be between Cold Spring Harbor and the winner of Great Neck North versus Roslyn.
Conference II Semifinals
►Oceanside 4, Bellmore JFK 3
In a 2 1/2 hour match that would decide the outcome of this playoff contest, Jake Cohen defeated Matt Terlovsky 6-4, 5-7, 7-6(5) for the win. After winning the first set, Cohen had two match points that Terlovsky fought off to win the set 7-5. The 3rd set seesawed back and forth when Jake Cohen seemed to regain the momentum. Unfortunately, he then broke a string and had to borrow a racket. Terlovsky seized upon this misfortune to battle back from 3-5 to go ahead 6-5. Cohen fought back to force a tie-break and jumped out to a 4-0 lead. Once again, Terlovsky stormed back to go up 5-4. But Cohen would win the last three points to win the match for Oceanside.
►Massapequa 5, Herricks 2
Massapequa defeated Herricks 5-2 in the semifinals of the Conference II playoffs. The Chiefs were led by its singles players: Nasser Ghaffar, Tom DaCosta, & Matthew Musalo who all were victorious in their matches. Massapequa will play Oceanside in the Conference II final.
Conference III-B First Round
►Long Beach 5, Plainedge 2
Long Beach was led by Justin Barry, who defeated John Jenco, 6-3, 6-4, at first singles, while Corey Ochs, captain of the Long Beach Boys Varsity Soccer, Swim and Tennis teams, defeated Tyler Sloman, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5), at second singles.