The girls tennis season is the shortest of any high school sport. The first matches in Suffolk County will be played Sept. 1. By Oct. 6 the league seasons will be over.
That’s right. It goes fast. A mere 36 days for the regular season. In the blink of an eye, as they say.
Harborfields High School has six tennis courts. A team match consists of seven individual matches.
Southold/Greenport’s first singles player, Willow Wilcenski, tossing the ball before a serve. (Credit: Garret Meade)
There has been a lot of smiling and laughing by the players on the Southold/Greenport and Riverhead high school girls tennis teams this season. It’s just the wins that have been lacking, but that hasn’t kept either team from enjoying itself.
Call it the high school girls tennis team that never gives up.
When a high school girls tennis team like Mattituck goes into the start of preseason practice with virtually its entire lineup in place, that’s a pretty comfortable position to be in.
Jim Christy coached tennis for 33 years. (Credit: Garret Meade)
A momentous change came to the Mattituck High School girls tennis team this year when Jim Christy retired as the Tuckers’ coach after 33 years on the job. (more…)
BLUE WAVES 6, CLIPPERS 1
The last day of the high school girls tennis regular season brought one last chance for Riverhead and Southold/Greenport to win — something they haven’t done a lot this fall. In search of a rare victory, the two bottom teams in Suffolk County League VIII that began the day with only one win between them, were in for a surprise.
When the teams arrived in Peconic for Thursday’s match, they found the four courts at Robert W. Tasker Memorial Park unavailable because of maintenance work being done to the courts. That meant that all seven of the individual matches had to be played on the three courts across the street at Jean W. Cochran Park. Southold/Greenport usually uses the courts at both of the parks for their home matches.
With less than three hours of daylight to work with (the courts are not lighted), both Riverhead coach Jerry Duvall and Southold/Greenport coach Howie Geismar agreed that each match would be a pro set, with the first to win eight games the winner.
It worked out well for Riverhead, which snapped a five-match losing streak and finished its season on a winning note thanks to a 6-1 result. It was the Blue Waves’ first win since they defeated the Clippers by the same score on Sept. 19. (more…)
Emily Mowdy contributed to Mattituck’s singles sweep against Bishop McGann-Mercy. (Credit: Garret Meade)
TUCKERS 4, MONARCHS 3
When the top two high school girls tennis teams in Suffolk County League VII lined up to exchange postmatch high fives, it was the Mattituck Tuckers who were wearing smiles on their faces. They had a lot to smile about.
That is because the Tuckers withstood what could be seen as the last major obstacle to a second straight league championship. Drew Hahn’s victory at fourth singles completed a sweep of all four singles matches for the Tuckers and clinched a 4-3 triumph over Bishop McGann-Mercy on Friday at Mattituck High School. With three matches remaining, the Tuckers (10-1, 9-0) can clinch at least a share of the league title with a win over Southold/Greenport on Monday. An automatic playoff spot also comes with the league crown. (more…)
Mattituck freshman Drew Hahn returning a shot during her fourth singles match against Eastport/South Manor junior Olivia Mann. (Credit: Garret Meade)
SHARKS 5, TUCKERS 2
The Mattituck High School girls tennis team finally met its match, and the Tuckers had to go outside of their league to do so.
Wins in three-setters at third and fourth singles by juniors Nicole Horn and Olivia Mann sent Eastport/South Manor on to a 5-2 non-league win over the Tuckers in Manorville on Monday. It was the first loss of the season for the Tuckers (6-1, 6-0 Suffolk County League VIII). (more…)
Southold/Greenport junior Julia Daddona tossing the ball before serving during her third singles match against Center Moriches. (Credit: Garret Meade)
RED DEVILS 7, CLIPPERS 0
The Southold/Greenport high school girls tennis players wear red uniforms, but in terms of their years playing the sport, many of the Clippers are green.
That being the case, the young Clippers have to measure their progress incrementally. Through their first five team matches this season the Clippers have not only gone winless, but they have lost all 90 sets they have played. Coach Howie Geismar has noticed a positive sign recently, though. Instead of losing sets by 6-0, the Clippers are now starting to win some games. (more…)