Perfect in League Play, Bonac Tennis Eyes Bigger Prize

Bridgehampton senior Jonny DeGroot. Michael Heller photo

Pierson freshman Luke Louchheim closed out the League VII schedule with a 6-3, 6-0 win at first singles on Tuesday as the East Hampton boys tennis team closed out a perfect 10-0 league season with a 7-0 win over visiting Southold.

Pierson senior Brad Drubych scored what his coach called “the biggest win of his high school career” with a 1-6, 6-1, 6-2 win over Southold’s Jacob Kahn at second singles. Drubych has spent most of the season playing doubles, but singles have been his true passion, so Tuesday’s win was truly monumental.

“It was super exciting for Brad,” East Hampton head coach Kevin McConville said. “He played really well.”

McConville has been shuffling his lineup in recent weeks as the Bonackers turn their attention to the postseason tournaments. Louchheim has played mostly at third singles this season with seniors Jonny DeGroot and Ravi MacGurn playing above him. Those two teamed up at first doubles on Tuesday, and after dropping their first set, 6-2, dominated the next two by scores of 6-1 and 6-0.

“Those two are both very good players and know how to bounce back after a bad set,” McConville said. “And that’s exactly what they did.”

It was an all Pierson and Bridgehampton lineup at singles as Drubych, Alex Weseley and Bridgehampton’s Miles Clark won their matches. Jaedon Glasstein and Jamie Fairchild won at second doubles, and John Jimenez and Jackson LaRose won at third doubles.

Luke Loucheim won his match at first singles on Tuesday.

Seeding for the Division IV Individual Tournament was expected to be announced Wednesday night with competition beginning Friday, May 3, at Shoreham/Wading River High School. The county individual tournament is scheduled to begin on May 10, but the real prize for McConville and East Hampton is the county team tournament, where the Bonackers finished as a semifinalist last season. First-round play is scheduled for May 14 and East Hampton will almost certainly have a bye as one of the top-ranked teams in the tournament.

East Hampton was scheduled to face Commack, last year’s county champion, on Wednesday after press time and that result could have important ramifications on the seeding for the team tournament, where up until the final, the higher seeded teams host every match.

“Home is a very big deal in tennis,” McConville said. “You take a bus ride and you’re not able to hit balls while the other team is there hitting for an hour warming up.”

McConville said East Hampton’s lineup will be back at full strength for the team tournament, with DeGroot, MacGurn, Louchheim and Max Astilean in the top four singles spots. In doubles, it will be Glasstein and Clark on court one, Weseley and Fairchild at two and Drubych and Matthew McGovern at three.

“The kids know this is our year,” McConville said. “The camaraderie on the team is great and everyone has been super juiced. The kids are very excited.”