The Commack Cougars continued its undefeated season on Thursday afternoon, downing East Hampton/Bridgehampton/Pierson 5-2 to reach the Suffolk County Girls High School Tennis Finals.
In what was a highly-competitive match, it was singles play that led the way for the Cougars, winning all four singles courts behind the comeback victory of Emma Matz at third singles.
Matz dropped the opening set to East Hampton’s Becca Kuperschmid 0-6 as the powerful forehand of Kuperschmid gave Matz trouble early. But the freshman regrouped and switched up her strategy and began to rally with Kuperschmid, reeling off the final two sets 6-3, 6-3 to secure a huge win for Commack.
Dara Danziger knocked off Bryce Slater 6-1, 6-1 at fourth singles to bolster the Commack advantage. And after Jackie Guidice added a 6-1, 6-3 win over Isabel Petas at second singles, the Cougars were one victory away from moving into the 2015 Suffolk County Final.
That win would come from recently crowned Suffolk County Girl’s Individual Champion Kimberly Liao. The eighth-grader defeated a tough opponent in East Hampton’s Pamela Pillco, securing the Commack win with a 6-0, 6-2 triumph at first singles.
“I had a glimpse last year that we had some potential. And this year things have really come together,” said Commack Head Coach Jackie Clark on her team’s play this season. “In the beginning of the year, I knew this team was special. They just had to believe it themselves. And after winning some big matches early in the year, they did start to believe. We have something real her and I’m super proud of them. It’s just been amazing season.”
Commack will look to add one more win to make this season truly special. Standing in its way of a Suffolk County Championship and an undefeated season is Half Hollow Hills East. The Thunderbirds made their way into the county final with a 4-2 upset over top-seeded Floyd on Thursday afternoon.
Brynn April secured a 6-4, 6-0 win over Alyssa Drell at fourth singles to push Hills East past previously unbeaten Floyd and into the finals.
Commack has defeated Hills East in the two previous meetings this year, but Clark knows that each match is different.
“We’re going to go in like we have never played them before. It’s a new match,” said Clark. “We’re confident but we’re not going to take anyone for granted. We just have to execute, play our game and hopefully we can come away with the win.”
Commack and Hills East will battle for the Suffolk County Final on Saturday afternoon at Floyd High School.
Scenes From the Suffolk County Semifinals Matchup: Commack vs. East Hampton/Bridgehampton/Pierson
Credit all photos to Brian Coleman
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