In a match that lasted nearly four hours on Thursday afternoon, the Roslyn Bulldogs ended Syosset’s 62-match winning streak with a thrilling 4-3 comeback victory in a key Nassau County Conference I showdown.
“I knew we had the win in us, but when you are up against a strong team like Syosset, even the stoutest heart wonders if you’ve done enough,” said Roslyn head coach Kerriann Jannotte. “So much of it is about belief. They believed it and they worked hard to make it happen. From top to bottom, they fight. They fight for the win and they fight for each other.”
Syosset would jump out to the early lead as it won the first three flights to finish up. Daniel Pellerito defeated Zach Khazzam at first singles, Eli Grossman beat Jordan Freeman at third singles and the third doubles pair of Andre Kirkorian and Zach Chan won against Jacob Stein and Dion Park, giving the Braves the 3-0 advantage with four matches left.
But that is when the Roslyn comeback began. The Bulldogs would win the third doubles match as Michael Bruck and Jordan Bernstein beat Jeremy Levine and Ashkan Moghaddassi 4-6, 6-4, 6-2. Soon after, Jacob Buchbinder and Arin Siriamonthep fought off a late rally from Preet Rajpal and Brian Gao to win 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 at first doubles, and trim the Rosyln deficit to 2-3.
With just two courts remaining, all eyes turned to second singles and fourth doubles to determine the outcome. Jacob Zucker and Evan Jaslow brought Roslyn even with a 4-6, 6-2, 7-5 win at fourth doubles, leaving the match between the top two teams in Nassau County up to Mikey Weitz of Roslyn and Justin Oresky of Syosset at second singles.
Weitz and Oresky went back and forth all-match long and played the final few games of the third set in front of the huge crowd that gathered around. Weitz sealed Roslyn’s comeback victory with a break of serve at 6-5 in the third set, completing the 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 win.
“Mike Weitz is a special young man,” said Jannotte. “He was raised playing tennis and so he knows what needs to be done. His focus and resilience to come back and play the way he did under that kind of pressure was amazing.”
The win pushed Roslyn to 11-1 on the season and into first place in Conference I.
“There is still a lot of tennis left to be played and we need to get back to work,” added Jannotte. “One win isn’t everything but it’s something. I think the team is well aware of what they accomplished, but we need to get back to work and be ready to play.”
Elsewhere in Conference I, Great Neck North beat Port Washington 5-2 behind the third doubles team of Avery Nabavian and Elliot Hakimian. The duo defeated Daniel Hart and Benjamin Joory 7-6(4), 6-4 to clinch the Blazers’ victory.
The Hawks of Plainview JFK downed Jericho 5-2 on Thursday. All three singles players won in straight sets for Plainview, and the first doubles tandem of Nick Dechiaro and Sean Cohen came back to beat Harrison Edelman and Hunter Lazare 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 at first doubles.
Erik Mazzanobile fought back from a set down to win 1-6, 6-2, 7-5 at first singles and lead South Side to a 5-2 win over Oceanside.
Massapequa beat Valley Stream Central 5-2 as Niles Ghaffar and Joseph Menichini each won their respective singles matches in straight sets to lead the Chiefs.
Rodolfo Tan defeated Edwin Guzman 7-5, 6-3 at third singles as West Hempstead edged Freeport 4-3.
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