| By David Drucker
Credit: Anthony Pastecchi

As the 2011 New York State Public High School Athletic Association Tournament kicked off, Long Island representatives gave a strong showing on day one. Between six singles and six doubles matches, Nassau and Suffolk County combined together had eight wins. In singles play, Nassau’s three representatives, second seed Josh Levine of Cold Spring Harbor, along with Brendan Henry of Farmingdale, and Zachary Morris of Garden City, all secured their wins with relative ease in straight sets. Jeremy Dubin of Southampton was Suffolk’s only representative moving on to the second round, advancing in straight sets as well. Suffolk’s Brandon Stone of Walt Whitman and Zain Ali of Half Hollow Hills East came up short in their hard-fought matches. They will now compete in the consolation draw.

In doubles play, Nassau’s Doron Saraf & Jared Lewis of Great Neck North, along with Conor Mullins & Jon Paris of Cold Spring Harbor were able to advance in straight sets. Matching Nassau’s two wins were Suffolk’s team of Chris Hunter & Eric Bertuglia from Half Hollow Hills East, and Felipe Reis & Henry Lee of the Ross School, also advancing in straight sets. Nassau’s J.J. Tauil & Dan Grinshteyn of Hewlett along with Suffolk’s Jason Quintana & Dylan Quintana of Sachem, were upset in the first round. They will now battle in the consolation draw.

Long Island looks to keep its competition going as they take the courts at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on Friday for day two at the state tournament.

Day One Match Results

First Round Singles

►Josh Levine (Cold Spring Harbor) defeated Josh Jachuck (Bethelhem), 6-2, 6-1

►Brendan Henry (Farmingdale) defeated Andrew Mason (Webster Thomas), 6-0, 6-2

►Zachary Morris (Garden City) defeated Christopher Frost (Niskayuna), 6-1, 6-1

►Daniel Lakhman (Francis Lewis) defeated Brandon Stone (Walt Whitman), 5-7, 7-6(2), 6-3

►Jeremy Dubin (Southampton) defeated Mark Price (Beakmantown), 6-1, 6-0

►Stefan Kuhar (Albany Academy) defeated Zain Ali (Hills East), 7-6(4), 6-4

First Round Doubles

►Ben Gilman & Spencer Goldberg (Horace Greeley) defeated J.J. Tauil & Dan Grinshteyn (Hewlett), 6-2, 7-5

►Doron Saraf & Jared Lewis (Great Neck North) defeated Ethan Wilcox & Ryan Sayko (Skaneatles), 6-4, 6-3

►Conor Mullins & Jon Paris (Cold Spring Harbor) defeated Kevin Layer & Joe Gentile (Clarence), 6-1, 6-1

►Felipe Reis & Henry Lee (Ross School) defeated Sawyer Dina & Sam Korach (Orchard Park), 6-1, 7-6(7)

►Chris Hunter & Eric Bertuglia (Hills East) defeated Erwin Lin & Brendan Service (Niskayuna), 6-1, 6-1

►Ben Fife & Austin Kaplan (Scarsdale) defeated Dylan Quintana & Jason Quintana (Sachem), 6-1, 7-5

Credit all photos to Anthony Pastecchi

Brendan Henry of Farmingdale in his 6-0, 6-2 win over Andrew Mason from Webster Thomas


Garden City' s Zachary Morris defeated Christopher Frost from Niskayuna, 6-1, 6-1


Brandon Stone from Walt Whitman in his 5-7, 7-6(2), 6-3 defeat at the hands of Daniel Lakhman from Francis Lewis


Josh Levine of Cold Spring Harbor serves in his 6-2, 6-1 win over Josh Jachuck of Bethelhem

David Drucker

<p>David Drucker is an intern with Long Island Tennis Magazine and is a member of the Nichols College Men's Tennis team. &nbsp;</p>