The defending Suffolk County champion Half Hollow Hills East defeated Commack 4-3 in a huge mid-season Suffolk League 1 matchup on Wednesday afternoon.
In a battle between two of the county’s top teams, the match was tightly-contested throughout with the teams trading punches all afternoon long.
Ahbinav Srivastava helped lead the way for the Thunderbirds as the senior defeated Commack’s Sol Yoon 6-2, 6-4 at first singles, breaking late in the second set to secure the straight-sets win.
“He has a good forehand and he likes to run around it a lot. So when he did that it opened up the other side of the court, so I tried to push him to one side of the court, come into the net and take advantage,” said Srivastava. “I also needed to make sure to get my serves in, especially in the wind, because he wasn’t going for big returns on my serve. The game plan was just to stay consistent the whole time, and to make the right volley when I saw the short ball come in.”
In Nassau County, Plainview defeated Manhasset 6-1 behind the strong first singles play of Jared Phillips, who defeated Aiden O’Conner 6-2, 6-3 to lead the Hawks to its third straight win.
Roslyn knocked off Jericho 7-0, as Zach Khazzam, Mikey Weitz and Dion Park all won their respective singles matches in straight sets.
Cold Spring Harbor and Great Neck North battled hard as Cold Spring Harbor came out with a tight 4-3 win. The match came down to fourth doubles as Jack Dinoto and Ben Nordemann came back to win 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 over Manny Hakimiam and Aaron Naim to clinch the Cold Spring Harbor victory.
South Side improved to 4-1 with a 6-1 triumph over Calhoun. The Cyclones got a key victory from Matt Rusniyak and Will Shutkind, who won 7-5, 7-5 at third doubles to lead the way.
Niles Ghaffar defeated David Ammendonla 7-6(5), 6-2 in a high-level first singles match as Massapequa won 6-1 over Farmingdale.
Hicksville’s singles play pushed it past Carle Place for a 6-1 win on Wednesday. Ayush Jha beat Luis Davila 6-1, 6-2 at first singles to lead the way, while Neeraj Punel and Navneet Lingala won their singles matches in straight sets.
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Scenes from Commack at Hills East