| By Brian Coleman
Ellie Ross serves during the Nassau County Doubles Championship.


Dasha Perfiliev & Ellie Ross had to wait week to find out who it would play in the Nassau County Doubles Final. The sophomore duo from Port Washington won their semifinal against Roslyn’s Anika Tolat & Ava Veneziano last Sunday, but rain suspended play for a week.

Upon resumption, Perfiliev & Ross had to wait to see who win in the other semifinal, which has been paused in the second set. When the pair finally got on court, they picked up right where they left off, and defeated the Syosset pairing of Alexa Brecher & Rachel Lin 6-2, 6-4 to claim the county title.

“It was definitely a little frustrating, especially with the fact that they were already warmed up from their previous match while we were just getting started,” said Ross. “But we knew we could do it, and were able to play well in the finals.”

The two’s on-court chemistry was the key factor in their victory as they complement each other extremely well.

“I think we have really good teamwork. We really know how to set each other up,” said Perfiliev. “Ellie is great from the baseline and allows me to be up at the net, and we were just able to put away the shots we needed to put away.”

Their victory is another indicator of the strong program that Port Washington has built over the last several years under head coach Shane Helfner. He credits the success of Perfiliev & Ross to each of their competitive spirits.

“They stayed focused. The thing with those two girls is they are big competitors,” said Helfner. “They’re always hungry to try to be the best they can be, and that always shows and helps carry them for sure.”

In the third-place match, Tolat & Veneziano defeated Manhasset's Diane Durante & Evangelina Vases. 

Alexa Brecher slams home a volley during the county championship. 


The four county doubles semifinalists. From left to right: Anika Tolat & Ava Veneziano (Roslyn), Rachel Lin & Alexa Brecher (Syosset), Ellie Ross & Dasha Perfiliev (Port Washington) and Diane Durante & Evangelina Vases (Manhasset). 



Brian Coleman

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