Pierson senior Sandrine Becht is honored to have represented the East Hampton tennis team, even if just for a short while.
On Friday, she competed in the final match of her high school career at the Suffolk County singles tournament at Smithtown East High School.
After winning her first-round match, 6-0, 7-5, the All-County senior fell in the second, 6-0, 6-2, to a high-ranked opponent.
Becht, who battled back to earn the No. 5 seed in Division IV and a berth into last weekend’s tournament, said she was happy with her performance, but struggled to find her best game in the second.
“The competition up-island is very good,” she said. “I’ve learned you have to keep improving if you want to keep up. Still, I enjoyed playing against the better players, and I’m very proud of myself for making it this far.”
Freshman Maya Molin, who knocked out the No. 6 seed in the Division IV tournament, also competed at the county level. Though losing in the first round, 6-2, 6-2, the first-year varsity and All-County player said her inaugural playoff matchups were great experiences. But she also did admit there were some difficulties adjusting.
“I was really happy, because in order to qualify for the tournament, I had to beat the No. 1 player from William Floyd, who is very good,” Molin said. “The whole postseason was great, but it was also stressful because I had to miss a lot of school to play the matches.”
She said she took away a lot from the events over the last two weekends.
“By watching the other girls play, I learned some strategies and techniques that I can use in my own game, and also things I have to work on,” Molin said. “I thought the girls were really good, but I think if I put a lot of hard work in this upcoming year, I will do much better next time around.”
East Hampton/Pierson Team Loses Opening County Match
The No. 3-seeded Bonackers (12-2) team also fell to No. 6 Patchogue-Medford, 5-2, in their first matchup of the Suffolk County team tournament October 20.
Amanda Andree, Isabelle Baginski and Alysson and Drea Pierro led the way by sweeping singles for Pat-Med. East Hampton’s first and second doubles teams claimed the East Hampton/Pierson team’s sole points.
Becht said her final matches Saturday, though sad, reminded her how much tennis means to her.
“I would love to keep tennis a part of my life, and especially in college. I think it’s awesome to be a part of a team and keep improving. Hopefully, in the upcoming months, I will know if I will be playing college tennis,” she said. “I am definitely going to miss all of my teammates and Coach Kevin [McConville], and I am glad that I was able to finish off my junior and senior year as a Bonacker. The environment, whether it was at practice or a match, was always positive and enjoyable. I think we really came together this year, and I couldn’t have been happier to represent this team.”