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.
After Hahn dispatched fellow freshman Nicole Gravagna, 6-4, 6-3, for what proved to be the decisive team point, she was happily greeted by teammates as she headed off the court.
It was a good day for Mattituck’s singles players. Liz Dwyer, Emily Mowdy and Julie Krudop also prevailed in two sets.
Dwyer, as she is prone to do, found a way to win her first singles match against Jamie Lessard, who has a good serve and covers the court well. After some difficulties in the early going, mostly the result of unforced errors, Dwyer recovered from a 5-3 deficit in the first set to win, 7-5. With momentum on her side, she rolled in the second set, 6-1.
Dwyer outpointed Lessard, 65-48, and put away 17 winners.
Mowdy coasted to a 6-1, 6-1 defeat of Katie Brownfiel at second singles.
Krudop, playing third singles, gave the Tuckers a 3-2 lead by downing Savannah Siejka, 6-2, 6-3.
McGann-Mercy (8-5, 7-2) saw all the doubles contests go its way. The first doubles team of Delaney Macchirole and Micaela Zebroski beat Anna Kowalski and Courtney Penny, 6-1, 6-2. The No. 2 team of Magda Duda and Shannon Kavanaugh got the better of Ava Gains and Kimberly Scheer, 6-2, 7-5. In the final match of the day, Angelica Osiniak and Alex Waski scored a 6-4, 6-4 win over Emily Gatz and Jacey Lengyel.