| By Brian Coleman

The South Side Cyclones ended their 2015 campaign on a high note Thursday afternoon, edging the Massapequa Chiefs 4-3 in a Conference II-A showdown in the final match of the regular season for both squads.

The matches were played with pro-set scoring, first to 10 games.

It was the doubles courts that led the way for the Cyclones. They took three of the four doubles matches, including the clincher at third doubles, as Alex Eastzer & Bella Dellamore defeated Massapequa’s Marina Femia & Camryn Buonamasa 10-7.

“I’m very happy that our girls were able to close out the regular season with a tough 4-3 win over a good Massapequa team,” said South Side Head Coach Chris Colesanti. “This brought our record to a very respectable 10-4 on the season. Although we are disappointed about not making the playoffs, we hope to continue this momentum next year and get to the postseason to hopefully compete for a Nassau County title.”

While South Side’s team won’t be in the playoffs this year, it will be represented at the Nassau County Individual Tournament this weekend at Eisenhower Park.

Their top doubles duo of seniors Nikki Huhulea & Juliana Shenker earned the third seed in the County Tournament, and defeated Gina Liguori & Cristina DaCosta 10-6 in their final tune up on Thursday.

“They are both returning All-State doubles players from previous years and have the experience and pedigree to make a deep run at this year’s tournament. They have practiced quite a bit together in the last two weeks, and I’m excited to see how far they can go this weekend,” said Colesanti. “For now, we will just take one match at a time and focus on surviving and advancing to the next round.”

The Cyclones will also be represented at the Nassau County Tournament by Hannah Ditchik & Julia Gentile, who won 10-5 over Daniela Snyder & Cameron Ahlers of Massapequa on Thursday afternoon.

“I think with Hannah’s experience as a senior and four-year doubles player, and Julia’s talent and energy as an ambitious and very skilled freshman, I believe they will surprise a few people this year and possibly make a deep run as well,” Colesanti added.

Gina Liguori will be representing Massapequa in this weekend's county tournament.

Herricks wrapped up its season as well on Thursday, sporting their Play for Pink shirts in a 7-0 win over Glen Cove in Conference II-A.


Scenes From the Nassau County Conference II-A Match: South Side vs. Massapequa
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