The No. 4-seeded East Hampton doubles team of Pierson senior Juliana Barahona and junior Sandrine Becht were elated to top the No. 3 seed out of Sayville, 6-2, 6-1, for third place in the consolation finals of the Suffolk County Girls Tennis Championships on Saturday. The duo did so after also falling to the Tannenbaum sisters, 6-0, 6-0, in the semifinals.
“I feel so, so happy. This is the best way to finish my high school tennis season,” Barahona said. “This was our last match together, so we just wanted to stay focused, play a clean game and, most importantly, have fun.”
Becht said she and her teammate played their best game of the tournament against the No. 1 seed, which really prepared them for their last match.
“When you go against players that are better than you, that makes you elevate your game,” the junior said. “We entered the semifinal match having the confidence that we would win. I think our baseline game was strong along with our serve, and we were able to execute.”
The Tannenbaum sisters “are really good, but we tried our best. If there was a state tournament, we would be so happy to qualify,” Barahona added. “Regardless, this team and this experience has meant a lot to me. My teammates are like my family — we have known each other for a long time and been through a lot together, and we always support each other, and I’m definitely going to miss all of them.”