Defending Nassau Champs Syosset Improve to 2-0
  | By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff

The Port Washington Vikings improved to 2-0 on the young season, moving past the Blazers of Great Neck North 5-2 in a Conference I matchup on a cold Wednesday afternoon.

Port Washington was led by the outstanding doubles tandem of twins Austin & Max Egna. The junior duo defeated W. Jung & J. Greic of Great Neck North 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 at first doubles to seal the victory for the Vikings.

Elsewhere in Conference I, Roslyn and Jericho notched nail-biting victories in their respective Wednesday matches.

For Roslyn, Justin Lempert came back from a set down to beat Cold Spring Harbor’s Griffin Schlesinger at third singles 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 to clinch a 4-3 victory for Roslyn. And Michael Wexler of Jericho beat Plainview JFK’s Jared Phillips 6-3, 6-2 at second singles, and Spencer Levy and Matt Masheb got past Evan Lander and Alex Fried 6-2, 6-2 at first doubles to lead Jericho to a 4-3 win.

Syosset, the defending Nassau County Champions, swept all seven matches in a 7-0 victory over Great Neck South. The deciding match came at first doubles, as senior Spencer Lowitt & sophomore Preet Rajpal knocked off Brian Klig & Kyle Beilinsky 6-3, 6-3.

The win improved Syosset to 2-0 on the season.

“The victories early in the season are never easy. You have to overcome the wind and the competition,” said Syosset head coach Shai Fisher. “But my team is playing smart and have been consistent so far.”

The wind certainly played a factor in a number of matches on Wednesday, as Syosset’s Lowitt alluded to.

“It was really windy today,” said Lowitt. “I tried to use it to my advantage though at the net, and I think we did a good job of that today.”

Conference III-A played host to a thrilling matchup between Carle Place and West Hempstead on Wednesday afternoon.

After Carle Place junior Giancarlo Cavallero put the Frogs ahead early with a straight set win at first singles, West Hempstead responded with wins at second and third singles, giving them a 2-1 advantage with the four doubles matches still left to be played.

The Frogs would snag one of those wins at first doubles as Jack Phair & Matt Rivera came back from a set down to beat Andrew Perlak & Navid Ashrafi in three sets. Carle Place would win second doubles and West Hempstead would take third doubles, leaving the match to be decided at fourth doubles.

Carle Place’s Michael Martinovic & Brian Huang came up huge for the Frogs in the duo’s first ever varsity match, beating Hussain Khan & Kareem Victos 6-3, 6-1 to seal a Carle Place victory.

Also in Conference III-A, Oyster Bay edged Carey 4-3. The match came all the way down to the last flight, as Preston Rosh & Eddie Kemp came back to beat Justin Sun & Steph Cesory 3-6, 6-3, 6-0 to clinch the win.

Manhasset edged Herricks 4-3 in Conference II-A action. The Indian’s doubles play helped lead the way as junior Andrew Burke and senior Daniel Strongin paired up to beat Satija Domina & Zachary Sarf 6-1, 6-2 at first doubles while senior Greg Catkett & freshman Steve Saleron knocked off Mikan Shuh & Jonathan Ian 6-7(4), 6-3, 7-6(5) in a tightly-contested second doubles match.

Plainedge beat Long Beach 5-2 in Conference III-B play. Tyler Sloman led the way at first singles, coming back from a set down to win 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, while Ryan Easterbrook won 6-4, 6-0 at second singles.

Playing in their first match of the season, Farmingdale got past Bethpage 4-3 in Conference III-B. The Dalers got wins from David Ammendola at first singles, Benjy Hu at second singles, Sal Calio & Zane Ehlinger at first doubles and Paul Morante & Dean Pagano at third doubles.

Lynbrook got comeback wins from Azam Hussain and Matt Moreida at second and third singles, respectively, to notch a 6-1 win over Wantagh in Conference III-B. Other scores from Wednesday include Hicksville beating Valley Stream South 7-0 and Oceanside getting past MacArthur 7-0.

Scenes From Syosset vs. Great Neck South
Credit all photos to Gabi Sklar