It all starts with the serve.
In order to score a point, a tennis player needs to be able to put his serve in play. That can be a lot easier said than done, as was evidenced Monday in the first singles match between Mattituck’s Chris Waggoner and Eastport-South Manor’s Tim Jurgiewicz in Manorville. The two seniors had their moments when they struggled with their serves and other times when they looked spot on.
Sometimes it’s not whether you win or lose.
Sometimes it’s about playing in decent weather so you can play up to your potential and enjoy yourself as well.
Monday was a perfect day for sports, especially tennis, in Riverhead.
Well, you can go home again after all.
At least that’s true for the Southold/Greenport high school boys tennis team, which will play all six of its home matches this season on the four courts at Southold High School. The Clippers will do so for the first time in 15 or 16 years, according to coach Andrew Sadowski.
The high school tennis players in the Suffolk County Division IV Individual Tournament on Monday had a lot more than just their opponents to worry about. Another factor was at play in a big way: the wind.
A hallway wall that runs adjacent to the Southold High School gym bears awards for the school’s various sports teams over the years. Down near a corner at the end hang the boys tennis team’s modest contributions: two league championship plaques for 1993 and 2000.
A third one is coming. READ
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.
It looks like it’s going to get crowded at the top of the Suffolk County League VIII boys tennis standings.
Entering Thursday’s matches, Rocky Point, Southold/Greenport and Southampton all had two league losses next to their names. Each of those teams split matches against each other and, with the regular season winding down, it looks almost certain that the league championship will be divided three ways. READ
Despite playing without two starters, the Southold/Greenport boys tennis team recorded a 4-3 Suffolk County League VIII win over host Center Moriches on a windy Monday afternoon.
As one might expect of a top high school tennis player, Chris Kuhnle brings many weapons with him onto the court. For one thing, there is his impressive shot-making ability. And his knack for returning shots like a machine can sap the spirit out of an opponent.
Perhaps just as importantly, the Shoreham-Wading River senior can do something else: He can adjust his game.
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.