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03/26/16 4:00pm
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Mattituck coach Mike Huey certainly likes what he sees from his high school boys tennis team.

After all, the Tuckers have three of their four top singles players returning from an 11-5 team that captured the Suffolk County League VII crown last spring and some good depth as well.
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04/30/15 9:07pm
04/30/2015 9:07 PM
A 10th league title will be added to the Mattituck boys tennis team's championship banner. The question is: Will the Tuckers have to share it? (Credit: Bob Liepa)

A 10th league title will be added to the Mattituck boys tennis team’s championship banner. The question is: Will the Tuckers have to share it? (Credit: Bob Liepa)

HURRICANES 4, TUCKERS 3

The sweet taste of a championship season soured a bit for the Mattituck High School boys tennis team on Thursday.

Having already secured at least a share of the Suffolk County League VII championship, the Tuckers were on the verge of clinching the title outright. Then came controversy and a costly forfeit. (more…)

04/23/15 12:00pm
04/23/2015 12:00 PM
Andrew Young has won his first seven matches this season for Mattituck. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Andrew Young has won his first seven matches this season for Mattituck. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

The high school boys tennis standings for Suffolk County League VII may take some people by surprise, seeing Mattituck in first place. Tuckers coach Mike Huey, in all candor, admitted that he is one of them.

First place is a lofty setting for a team that entered the season with its top three singles players returning and question marks pretty much everywhere else, but that is the place the Tuckers (6-1, 5-0) occupied Tuesday morning. Shoreham-Wading River (3-3, 3-1) was second in a league that can boast a good deal of parity. (more…)

03/23/15 5:00pm
03/23/2015 5:00 PM
Mattituck's top singles player, Garrett Malave, went 13-4 and was a conference quarterfinalist last year. (Credit: Garret Meade, file)

Mattituck’s top singles player, Garrett Malave, went 13-4 and was a conference quarterfinalist last year. (Credit: Garret Meade, file)

PREVIEW

It’s simple math. Four points produce a win in a 7-point game.

The Mattituck High School boys tennis team can feel pretty good about how it will get 3 of those points. The Tuckers are top-heavy. Their top three singles players — Garret Malave, Parker Tuthill and Andrew Young — are still swinging rackets.

But the question remains: Just where will that fourth point come from? (more…)

10/16/14 5:00pm
10/16/2014 5:00 PM
Longtime Mattituck boys tennis coach Mike Huey took over the girls program this fall. He was recently honored as the state coach of the year for boys tennis. (Credit: Garret Meade, file)

Longtime Mattituck boys tennis coach Mike Huey took over the girls program this fall. He was recently honored as the state coach of the year for boys tennis. (Credit: Garret Meade, file)

The Mattituck High School boys tennis team did quite well for itself this past spring, putting up a 12-4 record and reaching the second round of the Suffolk County Team Tournament. What the Tuckers didn’t know at the time, though, was they were playing for the top boys tennis coach in New York State.

That was the determination of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association, which selected Mike Huey as its coach of the year for 2014. (more…)

09/05/14 4:00pm
09/05/2014 4:00 PM
Mattituck's new girls tennis coach, Mike Huey, talks to his players during a recent practice. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Mattituck’s new girls tennis coach, Mike Huey, talks to his players during a recent practice. (Credit: Garret Meade)

PREVIEW

Coaching girls tennis is nothing new to Mike Huey. After all, he had coached the Mattituck High School junior varsity team for two years in the late 1980s.

Now the longtime Mattituck boys tennis coach is taking over the girls team, too. He takes the reins from Jim Christy, who stepped down after 33 years on the job.

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08/21/14 8:30am
08/21/2014 8:30 AM
Matt Brisotti, who holds the Drew University (N.J.) record for doubles wins with 64 and ranks fourth with 55 singles wins, now coaches the school's men's and women's teams. (Courtesy photo)

Matt Brisotti, who holds the Drew University (N.J.) record for doubles wins with 64 and ranks fourth with 55 singles wins, now coaches the school’s men’s and women’s teams. (Courtesy photo)

For some, the transition from player to head coach is a gradual process. For Matt Brisotti, it was a relatively sudden shift in gears.

Just 14 months after graduating from Drew University in Madison, N.J., as one of the most accomplished tennis players in school history, Brisotti accepted a position as the head coach of the College of St. Elizabeth (N.J.) women’s tennis team in September of 2013. He was 23 years old and, he believes, the youngest coach in the NCAA at the time.

Then, this past March, the opportunity for Brisotti to coach at his alma mater arose, and he snatched it. (more…)