Hewlett’s Stephan Gershfeld returned for his junior season with one primary goal in mind: defend his Nassau County singles title.
On Sunday afternoon at Eisenhower Park, Gershfeld did just that, defeating Great Neck South’s Albert Hu 6-0, 6-3 to win his second consecutive county title.
“I’m feeling great,” said Gershfeld. “That was the point in coming back and playing again this year, to go for this title. It feels great to be able to do it again. I just tried to play my game, went out there and had fun.”
After taking the opening set, Gershfeld saw Hu come out firing in the second set as the Great Neck South sophomore jumped out to a 3-0 lead. But Gershfeld dug in and was able to rattle off the next six games to flip the second set, and win the match in straight sets.
“I was making some errors and he was coming in very well, so I just tried to regroup, started to play a little farther back and hit a heavier ball,” said Gershfeld. “I was able to take control of the points after that.”
Hewlett head coach Joyce Narciso-Raikos added:
“Today was the first time he was really challenged, and I was proud of the way he was able to regroup there in the second set. It shows a lot of maturity on his part,” she said. “He knows what he is doing wrong and is able to fix it. He is a great kid all-around and is constantly working on his game, and figuring out how he can improve.”
Gershfeld and Hu will now represent Nassau County in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) Championships, as will Jericho’s Michael Safir, who defeated Syosset’s Ansh Chadha in the third-place match.
Jericho's Michael Safir
The NYSPHSAA Individual Championships are scheduled for Thursday, June 2 through Saturday, June 4 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows.
2022 Nassau County Boys’ Singles Results
1) Stephan Gershfeld - Hewlett
2) Albert Hu - Great Neck South
3) Michael Safir - Jericho
4) Ansh Chadha – Syosset
Syosset's Ansh Chadha
Brian Coleman is the Senior Editor for Long Island Tennis Magazine. He may be reached at email@example.com.