As the 2015 Girls High School Tennis Season winds down, playoff spots and seedings are up for grabs. On Tuesday, Roslyn and Great Neck South did battle, with both teams having a lot on the line. Roslyn, who had already clinched a playoff spot, was looking to improve their seeding, while Great Neck South was in a do or die situation, needing a win to advance to the playoffs.
Conference I has been competitive all season, and both coaches, Brian Hoffner of Roslyn and Brad Krauz of Great Neck South, knew this was going to be a tightly contested matchup.
First singles started things off as sophomore Marisa Menist of Great Neck South gave her squad the lead with a 6-0, 6-1 victory over eighth grader Olivia Zhang. Menist played well, stepping into her backhand and winning the baseline rallies.
"I am happy with how I competed today. My serve helped me. I played with confidence,” said Menist, who will now head to the Nassau County Individual Tournament this weekend at Eisenhower Park.
Roslyn came back and went ahead three matches to two as they got wins from Ashley Messinger at third singles who won in straight sets 7-6, 7-5, the first doubles team of Izzy Glick & Carly Berman who came back from a set down to win 2-6, 6-2, 6-1 and the third doubles team of Tess Dicker & Jill Pion who won 6-4, 6-1. Great Neck South got a win at second doubles from Amanda Cohn & Susan Fendt.
Roslyn, needing one more win to clinch the victory, turned to their fourth doubles team of Alexa Buchbinder & Ali Glick. The duo lost the first set but came back to win in three tough sets over Haley Raphael & Brooke Weinberger 3-6, 6-4, 6-4.
Buchbinder & Weinberger were happy to hear they clinched the win when they got off court.
"We felt confident even when we fell behind,” said Buchbinder. “We had good communication and played tough."
Coach Hoffner was proud of their efforts as well.
"It was nice to see in the second and third sets that they believed in each other and in the most crucial situations they rose to the occasion and played their best,” said Hoffner.
In another Conference I matchup on Tuesday, the Manhasset Indians continued its undefeated season with a 6-1 victory over Friends Academy.
Manhasset and Friends Academy wore pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month during their match on Tuesday
Amanda Foo led the way for Manhasset, defeating Calista Sha 6-3, 6-4 at first singles, and Grace Catlett & Caprice Catalano held off Parisa Vahid & Juliet D’Aversa 6-1, 4-6, 10-8 at third doubles.
Also in Conference I, Port Washington and Jericho battled throughout the afternoon, and Port Washington edged the Jayhawks 4-3.
The Vikings won three of the four doubles matches, and Emma Rosenberg clinched the victory with a 7-6(5), 7-6(6) win at first singles.
Great Neck North edged Oyster Bay 4-3 to conclude its regular season. Julia Kosinsky & Adrianna Rozbicka led the way with a 7-5, 6-1 win at first doubles to move the Blazers to 11-2 on the season, and book their spot in the playoffs.
Plainedge won for the seventh time in its last eight matches, downing Clarke 5-2 in a Conference III-A showdown. The Red Devils were led by the duo of Alexa Liucci & Anna Bassolino, who beat Caitlyn Eng & Kaitlyn Infante 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) at second doubles.
Below are the rest of the scores from Tuesday’s action in Nassau County:
►New Hyde Park 7, Valley Stream North 0
►Locust Valley 4, Syosset 3
►Port Washington 4, Jericho 3
►North Shore 4, Herricks 3
►Cold Spring Harbor 6, Garden City 1
►Calhoun 4, Oceanside 3
►Plainview JFK 4, Bellmore JFK 3
►Lynbrook 4, South Side 3
►Hewlett 5, Massapequa 2
►East Meadow 6, Mepham 1
►Baldwin 4, Carle Place 3
►MacArthur 4, Valley Stream South 3
►Long Beach 4, Valley Stream Central 2
►Hicksville 4, Carey 3
Scenes From the Nassau County Conference I Match: Roslyn vs. Great Neck South