The Harborfields Tornadoes moved within one victory of the Suffolk County Large School Team Championship as it defeated Sayville 5-2 on Monday afternoon.
The win improves Harborfields to 15-1 on the season.
“I’m so proud of the positivity of this team, and the spirit the girls have shown this season to never give up,” said Harborfields head coach Jimmy Delevante. “We took several first set losses today, but never stopped trying to problem solve, make adjustments and find the energy to compete and turn things around.”
One of those courts that dropped the first set was the second doubles duo of Josie Rudloff & Carsen Rittberger, who fought back to win 4-6, 6-3, 7-5.
Harborfields would also win the other two doubles flights, as Victoria Frangione & Alison Ryan won 6-2, 6-2 at first doubles, and Maggie Hughes & Lindsay Sung posted a 6-4, 6-0 victory at third doubles.
In singles, Isabella Frangione posted a 6-2, 6-1 win at first singles, and rounding out the Harborfields scoring was Emma Kirschner, who won 6-3, 6-0 at fourth singles.
For Sayville, Kylie Person held on to win 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 at second singles, and Abby Breen won 6-3, 6-0 at third singles.
Harborfields will play Hills East in the West Bracket Championship, which is the Suffolk County semifinals, on Monday afternoon.
“I think the key to our success this year is that everyone has had a breakout match where they raised the bar for themselves and realized their true potential when they focus and work hard,” added Delevante. “Everyone has had some really big moments and wins, and when one player does it, the whole team starts to believe that they can be next.”
In its match on Monday, Hills East edged Commack 4-3 as Victoria Czoch, Emma Sarner and Christina Zhao won at first, second and third singles, respectively. Sealing the fourth point for Hills East was the fourth doubles duo of Maggie Wang & Amina Rizvon who won 6-3, 6-0.
The other quarterfinal matchups in Suffolk County on Monday featured William Floyd knocking off Sachem, while Westhampton Beach defeated Patchogue-Medford.
Scenes from Sayville at Harborfields