Bonac Tennis Team Sends Seven to Counties

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Pierson's Luke Louchheim, computing at Ross earlier this year, earned a spot in the Suffolk County Individual Tournament with a 7th place finish at divisions.

Despite a rocky draw in the Division IV Individual Tournament at William Floyd High School over the weekend, the East Hampton boys tennis team placed seven players in the Suffolk County Individual Tournament, which begins this weekend.

Bridgehampton’s Jonny DeGroot had the best run of three Bonac singles players and finished fourth overall after losing, 6-3, 6-2, to Michael Koscinski of Center Moriches in the consolation finals on Monday. Koscinski was the top seed in the tournament but lost to Josh Kaplan of Westhampton Beach in the semifinals.

Ravi MacGurn, East Hampton’s second singles player to qualify, defeated Southold’s Xavier Kahn in three sets to place fifth overall. Luke Louchheim, a Pierson eighth-grader who went undefeated during the regular season, pulled off an upset with a win over Nate Hanley, Rocky Point’s top player. Louchheim lost to Kaplan in the quarterfinals but went on to finish seventh overall with a three-set win over Luke Kosmynka from Mattituck.

The top eight singles players advanced to this weekend’s county tournament back at William Floyd.

Bonac’s two doubles teams lost in the semifinals, but still earned placement in the top four to qualify for the Suffolk tournament. Pierson’s Alex Weseley and Bridgehampton’s Jamie Fairchild beat their teammates, Miles Clark and Matthew McGovern, 6-3, 6-2, in the consolation match to finish third overall.

The singles draw will begin Friday, May 11, at noon with doubles play scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday. The finals will be Monday, May 14, starting at noon.

The Suffolk County Team Tournament is scheduled to begin the following day, on May 15, though East Hampton is expected to earn a first-round bye and a home match, most likely on Wednesday, May 16.

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