October 18, 2006

Three's Company: Westhampton Beach Girls Clinch League Title

With another commanding 7-0 win, this time over Ross School, the Westhampton girls' varsity tennis team won the League VII title for the third straight season on Thursday. The Lady Hurricanes also finished the year as the only girls tennis team in Suffolk County that did not suffer a loss, going 15-0 overall (10-0 in league play).

"It never gets boring," said Westhampton coach John Czartosieski. "It's always exciting for the girls. I'm really happy for them. They definitely earned it. Now we have to get the county title back to Division IV and we hope to accomplish that goal later on."

The Lady Hurricanes rolled to victory on Thursday led by top singles star Ali Harding, who defeated Catherine Toscano 6-0, 6-0. Brooke Pottish won at #2 singles over Shanna Polley 6-2, 6-4, followed by Lindsay Kantor's 6-0, 6-0 win against Ross's Daria Schiefferstein. Allie Lehrer defeated Jillian Reiner 6-2, 6-1 at fourth singles.

In first doubles, Christine Cassaro and Elli Vamvakitis defeated Cait Hooks and Isabella Maloney 6-1, 7-5 while Stephanie DiCapua and Sarah Haupt won a perfectly played match against Tessa Van Walder and Kayla Schwartz 6-0, 6-0.

Rhiannon Tufano and Brittany Dankner defeated Bella Fantini and Gloria Dios 6-0, 6-0 at third doubles.

"Ali [Harding] played very well against Toscano," Czartosieski said. "The first time she played her, she gave up a few games, but that day she showed a lot of improvement. Stephanie [DiCapua] and Sarah [Haupt] didn't let their opponents in the match at all. Their passing was on, their volleys and serving were terrific and they dominated all aspects of the game."

Westhampton continued its dominance in the opening round of the Division Individuals at Shoreham-Wading River High School. Harding, the top seed, defeated Stephanie Collins of William Floyd 6-0, 6-0 in the opening round and followed with a win against Polley of Ross School. The Lady Hurricanes went a combined 12-0 on the day. The finals were to have taken place yesterday.

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