The surprise team didn’t have one final surprise left, but it sure took its best shot.
It was hard to know what to expect of the Mattituck High School girls tennis team entering this season. The Tuckers, under a new coach, had lost their entire singles lineup to graduation. Players, untested at the varsity level, had yet to prove themselves.
So, what do the Tuckers do? They go on to win the Suffolk County League VIII championship. READ
A little Bishop McGann-Mercy green has blended in really well with Mattituck blue.
Kelsey Bundrick’s arrival on the scene couldn’t have been better timed, at least from the Mattituck High School girls tennis team’s point of view. For the first time in five years, the Tuckers have a first singles player not named Liz Dwyer. Dwyer’s graduation this past spring left a huge opening at the top of the singles lineup.
Enter Bundrick. READ
For only the third time in 38 years, the Mattituck High School girls tennis team has a new coach.
Coaching changes in the program are rare, at least in the modern era. Jim Christy had run the team for 33 years before handing over the reins to Mike Huey. After four years — and a 34-22 record — Huey has stepped down. Now the top job belongs to Cory Dolson. READ
Reese Thompson is back, wrist and all.
Some pain accompanied the Southold High School sophomore’s first competitive tennis match in a year, but the way she played and the result she attained must have helped lessen it. READ
It isn’t the wins, losses and statistics that Liz Dwyer is going to remember as much as the human moments, the fun times she enjoyed while playing tennis for Mattituck High School. She’ll remember the sign language she developed with her practice partner, Emily Mowdy, so they could let each other know during a match whether they were winning or losing. She’ll remember the laughs shared during practices.
Liz Dwyer can be her harshest critic. Perhaps that’s why the Mattituck High School tennis player was a little reticent to publicly assess her play against Bishop McGann-Mercy’s Rose Hayes on Monday. READ
Say this about Natalie Kopala, her dad taught her well. Very well.
Kopala is a rookie to school tennis, but hardly a rookie to the sport. She said she has been playing since she was about 5 years old. READ
In high school girls tennis, the difference between Suffolk County League VII and League VIII in terms of caliber of play is tremendous.
While League VIII may be good for a team’s win-loss record, tougher League VII will make a team better. READ
But the word “senior” in front of Liz Dwyer’s name and it makes one pause, stop and think. Senior Liz Dwyer? Could this really be Dwyer’s senior year? READ
A playoff tennis match was nearing its end when knee pain that had plagued Taryn Enck worsened. A junior at Bishop McGann-Mercy High School in the fall of 2009, Enck was playing a doubles match alongside longtime teammate Kayleigh Macchirole. READ