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Varsiity begins season 0-3 but there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

Posted Saturday, March 27, 2010 by Coach Cavanagh

 Northport, Bay Shore, and East Islip to start a season is not exactly a recipe for a fast start, but it was what the T-Birds faced to start their 2010 campaign. Going into our first match the boys looked ready and were practicing hard. Northport came in to the "Bird cage" and the teams quickly went to battle. When the smoke had cleared Northport emerged with a 4-3 victory that saw four matches go to a third set. It was clearly a winnable match and one that I feel we let get away. These matches come down to doubles most of the time, and we just didn't before consistently enough to take home the match. Great performances were put in by Greg Gittler who dropped the first set against his opponent Jaewon Kim only to win the next two. Brendan Harris quickly dismissed his opponent in straight sets and our 2nd doubles team of David Hahn and Alex Rienzie were able to hold off Seungchul Yazg and Dun Park in three sets. 


The league schedule opened up with Bay Shore and the T-Birds did not back down from the defending league champion. While the scoreboard read 6 for Bay Shore and 1 for our guys, the match was much closer. Many of the singles scores were separated by a mere two games. The doubles appeared to struggle with covering their alleys and we paid the price. This match also marked the first singles match of young Chris Kash's career and while he didn't come up with the win he did do his team proud by battling his opponent tooth and nail. Freshman Andrew Realmuto also made his varsity debut with Senior Ronak Patel at third doubles. They also met with defeat but were in the match throughout.


 The final match of the week saw the T-Birds travel to the home courts of the East Islip Redmen. Again the T-Birds were facing a playoff team from a year ago and again did not back down. While the final results were similar to what we saw against Bay Shore the team clearly played a stronger match. The doubles teams all lost, but two of the matches went to three sets and one lost 7-6 6-4. Strides are being made we just hope to start seeing them show up in the wins and losses column.



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