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.