| By Brian Coleman
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Great Neck South snapped a five-match losing streak Thursday afternoon, defeating the Syosset Braves 4-3 in a tight Conference I battle.

Syosset jumped out to the early lead in this one. The third doubles match was the first to finish up, as Ally Newman & Danielle Jacoby beat Parker Spector & Sydney Somech 6-0, 6-1 to put the Braves ahead.

Adding to that lead was the first doubles team of Gabi Sklar & Marisa Levine, who won 6-2, 6-2 to bolster Syosset’s advantage.

“We had really good chemistry today,” said Sklar. “Our net game was strong, our serves were on point and our communication definitely helped us. We had positive energy throughout the match and it helped us stay focused. It was the probably the best match we’ve played together and it gives us a lot of confidence.”

The two teams would split the four doubles matches, however, adding more incentive to the three singles matchups.

And it was Great Neck South’s singles players who came up big for the Rebels. Marisa Menist notched a 6-0, 7-6(3) victory over Risha Malhotra at first singles to help get momentum back.

“I think I played well today, I stepped into my backhand nicely,” said Menist. “I told myself to stop pushing the ball and just focus on each point in each game. I’m really happy because I haven’t been winning a lot of matches lately. Playing first singles as a sophomore, it can be intimating playing against these senior girls so I’m happy I was able to win. It’ll definitely be helpful going forward and give me some confidence heading into counties.”

It would be Haarika Reddy who sealed the deal for the Rebels. She hung on to beat Syosset’s Tal Bodner 6-3, 7-6(3), and Great Neck South had a 4-3 victory.

“Moving forward, the girls are excited about potentially making the playoffs,” said Great Neck South Head Coach Brad Krauz. “So earning a win and keeping that momentum going is a great first step towards achieving that goal.”

Great Neck South will play Manhasset next, while Syosset will visit Jericho.

MacArthur won its eighth straight match on Thursday, ending the undefeated season of New Hyde Park with a 4-3 win in Conference III-B.

The Generals and Gladiators are now all tied atop the conference standings.


The MacArthur squad poses for a team picture afters its 4-3 win over undefeated New Hyde Park on Thursday. (Photo Credit: Val Davey)


Below are the rest of the scores from across Long Island on Thursday afternoon:

Nassau County
Port Washington 5, Locust Valley 2
Manhasset 7, Jericho 0
Herricks 4, Oyster Bay 3
Wheatley 4, North Shore 3
Hewlett 7, Calhoun 0
Lynbrook 6, Oceanside 1
South Side 7, Bellmore JFK 1
Wantagh 6, Carle Place 1
Baldwin 4, Farmingdale 3
Hicksville 5, Valley Stream South 2
Long Beach 6, Valley Stream North 1

Suffolk County
Half Hollow Hills East 6, Bay Shore 1
Harborfields 7, Kings Park 0
Lindenhurst 7, Deer Park 0
Ward Melville 7, Mt. Sinai 0
Patchogue-Medford 5, Bayport-Blue Point 2
Miller Place 5, Sachem East 2
Westhampton 4, Southampton 3

Scenes From the Nassau County Conference I Match: Syosset vs. Great Neck
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Brian Coleman

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