Before there was even a serve made in the high school boys tennis match between Mattituck and Eastport-South Manor on Monday, the Tuckers were virtually assured of a victory.
Because the Sharks did not bring a full squad, the Tuckers (7-7, 7-4) were guaranteed of three default victories. They went on to win the Suffolk County League VII encounter, 6-1.
More importantly, the match gave coach Mike Huey the opportunity to play top singles players Garrett Malave and Parker Tuthill in separate doubles matches to prepare for the division tournament at William Floyd High School this coming weekend.
Both players need to play at least half of their matches as doubles players during the regular season if they wanted to compete in the division double tournament.
In first doubles, Malave, who usually plays first singles, teamed with Chris Waggoner to defeat Tom Westphelan and Kevin Gorman, 6-1, 7-5.
Tuthill, the No. 2 singles player, partnered with Liam Finnegan to stop Vinny Ciappa and Ryan Semenuk at No. 2 doubles, 6-0, 6-0.
In two singles results, Ty Bugdin, playing at first singles, lost to Alex Reiley of Eastport (0-13, 0-11), 6-3, 6-0. Luke Kosmynka defeated Zack Zanderzuck, 6-1, 6-2, at second singles.
The Tuckers were awarded three wins by default — third singles (Tucker Johansson), fourth singles (John Batuello) and third doubles (Austin Gao and Matt Wells).
Mattituck next plays at William Floyd Wednesday before hosting Rocky Point in a non-league match Friday.