| By Brian Coleman

 

It’s a three-peat.

Port Washington seniors Dasha Perfiliev & Ellie Ross are the Nassau County doubles champions for a third consecutive season, as the duo beat Great Neck South’s Madison Lee & Kira Diaz 6-2, 6-3 in the final on Sunday.

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“It’s definitely exciting,” said Ross. “This year we knew there were some good new doubles teams here, so we knew we had to get it together and play really good tennis to win. We were able to do that and pull through.”

In seeking their third straight title, the pairing had to first defeat Manhasset’s Evangelina Vases & Diane Durante in the semifinals, putting them into a finals matchup with the duo from Great Neck South.

After winning the opening set, Perfiliev & Ross went up a break in the second, only to see that lead erased as Perfiliev was broken right back. But demonstrating the focus that has made them such a formidable team, the Port senior tandem turned up their focus and were able to get the break back to take the 4-3 lead.

After Ross held serve to go ahead 5-3, the pair was determined to close the final out right there. It took a few tries as Diaz & Lee did not go away quietly, but after multiple match points, Perfiliev & Ross would finally close it on match point number six.

On trying to win that final point, Perfiliev said:

“You can’t think of it as a match point, you have to treat it as any other point, trust your game and just play tennis.”

Perfiliev & Ross have been key parts of the Port Washington tennis program for several years now, and head coach Shane Helfner has seen the two grow as players over that time span.

“It’s been so fun to watch them grow from the time they came into the program until now,” he said. “What’s so special to me is that while they have always been at the top of their game, everything now seems a little finer tuned. Ellie’s serve has become much bigger and more efficient, and Dasha has become more dominate at the net, things like that. I just love that they are always looking to improve and get every edge they can get.”

The duo now looks to defend their title at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) Championships, which takes place between October 27-29 at Sportime Schenectady.


“Coming into high school tennis, I never would have expected to win counties three times, and win a state title. It seems unfathomable,” said Perfiliev. “But hard work and dedication pays off, and we’re looking forward to states.”

Heading up to states with Perfiliev & Ross are Diaz & Lee from Great Neck South, third-place finishers Anika Tolat & Ava Veneziano, and Durante & Vases of Manhasset. 

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Brian Coleman

Brian Coleman is the Senior Editor for Long Island Tennis Magazine. He may be reached at brianc@usptennis.com