| By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff
Photo credit: Brian Coleman

The Oceanside Sailors improved to 5-0 on the season on Wednesday afternoon, defeating Massapequa 4-3 in a Conference II-B showdown.

In the nicest day of the young season, it was the doubles play that led the way for Oceanside, winning three of the four doubles flights. In the tightest doubles match, Evan Davis & Zach Camileri narrowly beat Massapequa’s Kevin Gannon & Brian Kirschner, 7-5, 6-4.

Massapequa got wins from Matthew Waterhouse and Tom Finocchiaro at second and third singles, respectively, to keep the match close. The match would come down to first singles, and Oceanside’s Mitch Plesser sealed the deal for the Sailors, defeating Matthew Musalo 7-5, 7-5 in a highly competitive back-and-forth contest.

Oceanside has now won three of its five matches by a score of 4-3.

“I believe we have been able to handle the wind and cold just slightly better than our opponents so far,” said Oceanside Head Coach Barry Kubit.

Oceanside will look to build on its early success when it hosts Garden City on Saturday. Massapequa will host Hewlett in its next match.

The Syosset Braves continue to pick up where they left off last season, improving to 5-0 with a 6-1 win over Great Neck North on Wednesday. The Braves were led by sophomore Eli Grossman at third singles. Grossman beat Great Neck North’s Levi Weisser 6-2, 6-2.

Jericho defeated Great Neck South 6-1 to get back on the winning track in Conference I. Spencer Levy & Matt Masheb beat Kyle Berlinsky & Brian Klig 6-4, 6-4 at first doubles and Michael Wexler beat Jack Briamonte 6-2, 6-3 at second singles to lead the way for Jericho.

The South Side Cyclones won for the second time in three matches, traveling up to Glen Cove to beat the Knights 5-2 in Conference II-A. South Side fell behind 2-0 early and faced set points on a couple of the other matches still on court, but the Cyclones rallied. It won tough victories at first and third doubles, and then sealed the win with a straight set triumph at fourth doubles, eventually going on to win 5-2.

In a matchup of two of the top teams in Conference III-A, Carle Place defeated New Hyde Park 5-2 on Wednesday. This match was closer than the score would indicate. Giancarlo Cavallero of Carle Place stayed undefeated at first singles, beating Garrison Shu in straight sets. But Joshau Raijan answered right back with a win over Michael Boccuzzi at third singles, and New Hyde Park also won at second doubles.

But Carle Place would win second, third and fourth doubles to close out the match.

The match of the afternoon came at second singles. Carle Place's Ali Eftekhary outlasted Steven Cano in a thrilling 6-2, 6-7, 7-6 triumph, winning the third-set tiebreaker 9-7 to clinch the three-hour match. 

Elsewhere in Conference III-A, Oyster Bay got past West Hempstead 4-3. This match was all even at three heading into the final match. Seventh grader Preston Rosh & sophomore Eddie Kemp clinched the win for Oyster Bay, beating Urosh Dimitcijovic & Hussain Khan 6-3, 7-6(5) at second doubles.

Below are the rest of the scores from across Long Island on Wednesday:

Nassau County
Roslyn 4, Port Washington 3
Cold Spring Harbor 6, Plainview JFK 1
Manhasset 6, North Shore 1
Friends Academy 7, Locust Valley 0
Wheatley 6, Herricks 1
Bellmore JFK 7, MacArthur 0
Hewlett 6, Calhoun 1
Garden City 6, Valley Stream Central 1
East Meadow 5, Hicksville 2
Baldwin 4, Lynbrook 3
Long Beach 5, Farmingdale 2
Bethpage 5, Mepham 2
Plainedge 4, Wantagh 3
Division 7, Uniondale 0
Malverne/East Rockaway 5, Lawrence 2

Suffolk County
Half Hollow Hills East 6, Huntington 1
Harborfields 5, Northport 2
Half Hollow Hills West 7, Commack 0
Smithtown West 7, Whitman 0
Bay Shore 6, Connetquot 1
Islip 5, East Islip 2
Babylon 6, Lindenhurst 1
Deer Park 5, Brentwood 2
Patchogue-Medford 6, Bayport-Blue Point 1
Ward Melville 6, Stony Brook 1
Sachem 5, Miller Place 2
Mt. Sinai 4, Port Jefferson 3
Middle Country 4, Comsewogue 3
Mattituck 4, Ross School 3
Westhampton 6, Shoreham-Wading River 1
Riverhead 4, Hampton Bays 3
Southampton 6, Center Moriches 1


Scenes From the Nassau County Conference II Matchup: Oceanside Sailors vs. Massapequa Chiefs
Credit all photos to Brian Coleman