Conference I rivals Syosset and Roslyn battled yesterday in the Nassau County quarterfinals. The two squads split two close matchups during the regular season, but it would be Syosset who won the rubber match, pulling out the 6-1 win.
First off the court was Syosset's first doubles team of Marissa Levine & Kate Majoy. With Levine's regular partner unavailable for the match, Levine & Majoy were forced into an unfamiliar role as partners, but they were up for the challenge. Playing together for the first time this season, they defeated Roslyn’s Carly Berman & Izzy Glick 6-2, 6-3.
"We played well today,” said Levine. “We came into net and volleyed well."
"We communicated well and encouraged each other the whole time,” added Majoy.
Syosset's third doubles team of Joey Baronowski & Jessie Levy and the fourth doubles team of Ally Newman & Danielle Jacoby were the next two winners, giving Syosset a 3-0 overall lead.
Hannah Abraham won the clinching match at second singles over Rena Zervakos 7-5, 6-1 and advanced Syosset to the semifinals.
Coach Shai Fisher was thrilled with his teams’ performance:
"I'm very proud of the entire team,” said Fisher. “They have all dealt with some really tough adversity throughout the whole year, but the girls are coming together, playing their best tennis and peaking at the right time. The girls are very excited for the semis, but they know Cold Spring Harbor will be a tough match.”
Roslyn's season came to an end, but Coach Brian Hoffner was proud of the girls and the season they had:
"Sports can teach us how to push through the struggle,” said Hoffner. “After a 1-5 start with some tough losses this team really showed its heart and determination and won seven of the last eight regular season matches to finish second in the conference. All season long, they showed the ability to face challenges, learn and improve. I am proud of our seniors. They have represented themselves, their families and Roslyn well and have left some big shoes to fill."
For Syosset, it is on to the semifinals on Wednesday afternoon when they will host Cold Spring Harbor. Sixth-seeded Cold Spring Harbor upset third-seeded Friends Academy 6-1 in the quarterfinals on Tuesday.
The other semifinal in Nassau features top-seeded Manhasset taking on Locust Valley.
Manhasset stayed perfect on the season with a 5-2 win over Port Washington. The Indians were led by its second and third doubles tandems. Grace Catlett & Caprice Catalano beat Rachel Weitzner & Lauren Ambos 7-6(9-7), 6-1 at third doubles, while Alina Zhitnik & Yuhan Wang knocked off Blake Dolin & Sayuki Mori 6-3, 6-3 at second doubles to anchor the win.
Locust Valley handed Hewlett its first and only loss of the season with a 6-1 quarterfinal victory on Tuesday.
This win was highlighted by a huge win at first singles, as Locust Valley’s Alex Koniaev defeated recently crowned Nassau County Singles Champion Kseniya Zonova 6-3, 6-3 to help lead the Falcons into the final four in Nassau County.
Scenes From the Nassau County Conference I Quarterfinals Matchup: Roslyn vs. Syosset