The East Hampton girls tennis team had two distinct types of opponents this season. There were teams they beat with relative ease. And then there was Westhampton Beach.
The seventh-ranked Lady Bonackers, who include players from Pierson, knocked off William Floyd, 6-1, in the second round of the Suffolk County Team Tournament on Friday, October 19, only to draw the second-ranked Lady Hurricanes in the quarterfinals on Saturday. Despite playing without their recently crowned Suffolk County individual champion Rose Hayes, Westhampton beat East Hampton, 6-1, and advanced to play either Harborfields or Islip in a semifinal on Tuesday.
The Lady Bonackers’ season, on the other hand, came to a close.
“Before the draw was made, I wanted to see how we would match up against somebody we hadn’t played,” East Hampton coach Kevin McConville said, noting his disappointment with drawing Westhampton in the second round. “We had only two non-league games and they were weak teams. It would have been nice to see how we stacked up against other teams.”
East Hampton finished the regular season with an 8-2 record in League VII, its only two losses coming against Westhampton, which is stacked from top to bottom.
“They shuffled their lineup all three times they faced us,” McConville said. “That’s why they’re so solid all the way through.”
East Hampton’s top singles player, Becca Kuperschmid, won her team’s only point on Saturday with Hayes competing in an important junior tournament, according to McConville. Kuperschmid will graduate this spring along with Caroline Micallif, Oliva Barris, Annelise Mendelman and Sammi Schurr, which paves the way at the top singles spot for Pierson sophomore Juliana Barahona, who got off to a slow start this season but really came on at the end.
“Early on, when everyone was winning, she was finding her way,” McConville said. “She really worked hard and stayed after practice. I have these grueling drills and she was always asking for more.”
McConville said the program had a strong junior varsity team this year, led by Pierson freshman Eve Marscen, who will move up next season.