The boy’s tennis season in Suffolk County continued to heat up over the weekend, as Commack and Half Hollow Hills East both won their respective matches to maintain their spots in the League 1 standings.
The Thunderbirds of Hills East continued its dominant play thus far in 2016, moving past Huntington 5-2 to improve to 13-0 overall and 10-0 in the conference, all but clinching the League 1 title.
The two teams below Hills East in the League 1 standings did battle on Friday afternoon, as Commack traveled to Half Hollow Hills West. The Colts had previously beaten the Cougars 7-0 earlier in this season, but Commack was able to even things up on Friday.
Commack shook up its lineup to try and generate some new matchups and it worked, winning all three doubles flights. It would lose first and second singles, however, leaving the match to be decided by third and fourth singles.
The Cougars would win both, first with Gabe Chan beating Bilal Rashidzada 6-2, 7-6(3) at third singles to clinch the Commack victory before Zach Eisler added to the win with a 2-6, 6-1, 6-1 win over Rahul Mahur at fourth singles.
“The team is really starting to believe in themselves. After losing 7-0 to both Hills East and Hills West the first time we played them both, we lost just 4-3 to Hills East the second time around and beat Hills West, so the guys have a lot of momentum going into the playoffs,” said Commack head coach Shane Helfner. “Both Hills teams are great teams with a lot of talent and it will be a fight to the end, but Commack believes it could be their turn to make a run for a county championship.”
Elsewhere in Suffolk County over the weekend, Brentwood beat Deer Park 4-3 and Ward Melville got past Stony Brook 5-2.