The East Hampton girls tennis team, which has rebuilt its roster year after year with a strong contingent of Pierson athletes, was rolling through its early-season schedule until Westhampton Beach came to town on Monday afternoon.
The Lady Hurricanes cruised to a victory in a battle between unbeaten opponents, winning 6-1 on the Lady Bonackers’ home court. Rose Hayes, one of the top female players in New York State, who transferred to Westhampton Beach this year from Mercy, set the tone at number-one singles with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Becca Kupershmid.
“That was huge for them,” East Hampton coach Kevin McConville said about Hayes’s transfer from Mercy, which closed its doors earlier this year. “You take her out of that lineup and it all looks very different.”
Pierson sophomore Juliana Barahona, who moved to Sag Harbor this year from Colombia, had a chance to win at second singles after winning the first set, 6-3. She dropped the second set to Brook Delprete, 7-6, however, and then lost a super tiebreaker, 10 points to four.
“Juliana has been excellent,” McConville said, noting that Pierson athletes make up a big part of his team’s lineup. “She’s a really good athlete, a good mover, and she’s just going to get better and better.”
Pierson students Caroline Micallif and Katie Annicelli lost their matches at third and fourth singles, respectively, while Pierson’s Chiara Bedini, who has been playing first doubles this season with Olivia Barris, dropped her match at first doubles.
“I thought we had a shot at two and three singles, and I thought we had a shot in all the doubles,” said McConville, whose team has picked up wins against West Islip, Southampton, William Floyd, Shoreham-Wading River and Eastport-South Manor this season. “Right now it’s more about getting better at doubles, and obviously in singles, but I think that’s the spot where we can make the most improvement.”
East Hampton, which up until Monday was a perfect 5-0 on the season, won at third doubles with Sammi Schurr and Annelise Mendelman winning 6-3, 4-6, 10-6. Westhampton Beach improved to 5-0 atop the League VII standings and will host East Hampton in a rematch on October 2 to close out the regular season schedule.
The Lady Bonackers will host Southampton on Thursday, September 20, at 4 p.m. and William Floyd on Monday, also at 4 p.m.