Lady Bonackers Tennis Holds Serve with Win Over Ross

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Pierson junior Isabel Peters cruised at second singles on Tuesday.
Pierson's Lily Kot, along with her partner Harriet DeGroot, won at first doubles on Tuesday.
Pierson’s Lily Kot, along with her partner Harriet DeGroot, won at first doubles on Tuesday.

By Gavin Menu

The East Hampton girls tennis team remained strong, held court if you will, going into a crucial match last night that likely decided the League VII title .

The Lady Bonackers scored identical 6-1 wins over Westhampton Beach on October 1 and the Ross School on Tuesday to improve to 8-1 in league play, and 9-1 overall.

A match against first-place and undefeated William Floyd loomed large last night, in a match that occurred too late for this edition.

“We’re doing well,” head coach Katie Helfand said before Tuesday’s match, which was held inside the Ross School bubble. “We have a strong singles lineup and I feel like our doubles lineup is stronger than it has been in years. “

Pierson junior Isabel Peters continued her strong season with a dominant 6-1, 6-0 victory over Melissa Ibraham at second singles. Lily Kot, another Pierson junior, and Bridgehampton senior Harriet DeGroot, had a slow start, falling behind 3-0 in the first set to Hannah Dayton and Leila Murphy, but bounced back for a 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (7-1) win at first doubles.

“In doubles, it’s about who plays together and who plays together well,” said Helfand, noting that Kot and DeGroot were All-Division last year. “You need to have a mix of good chemistry and bringing out the best in each other.”

The all-Pierson second doubles team of Cece Combemale and Allie Clarke also won on Tuesday, 7-6, 6-2.

The Lady Bonackers will close out the league season with a home match against Mattituck on Thursday, October 8 at 4 p.m. before closing out the regular season with a non-league match against East Islip on October 14, also at 4 p.m.

Pierson junior Isabel Peters cruised at second singles on Tuesday.
Pierson junior Isabel Peters cruised at second singles on Tuesday.
Bridgehampton senior Harriet DeGroot.
Bridgehampton senior Harriet DeGroot.

 

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