HALF HOLLOW HILLS, New York, June 4
BY: Andrew Wroblewski
“Three’s a charm.”
Last week, as the Colts of Half Hollow Hills High School West’s boys tennis team entered their third Suffolk championship match in just as many years, that’s the sentiment the boys latched on to, head coach Kim Lagendorfer said. Not only was it the team’s third opportunity for a Suffolk championship, but it was the third time they had the opportunity to earn it by trouncing their biggest rivals: the Thunderbirds of High School East.
The third try was the charm: the Colts won the 2014-2105 Suffolk championship, 5-2.
“After two-straight years of getting to the finals, the team’s agenda this season was to have success,” Lagendorfer said. “They were driven; it was their primary goal to win a Suffolk championship… And the driving force behind that was the large number of seniors we have on the roster.”
After two years of falling short, those seniors returned to the courts for the Colts this year and helped Hills West to a spotless campaign through League I play – one in which they defeated the Thunderbirds twice and ended what was at the time Hills East’s 106-match winning streak.
About half of the team’s roster was made up of seniors, Lagendorfer said, including Zachary Mollo, Brandon Nomberg, Evan Nierman, Jordan Brodsky, and twin brothers, Duane and Dylan Davis.
“Although all of the classmen wanted to win, it was extremely important for us to have those seniors as they’ve seen it all since their freshman years,” Lagendorfer said.
Early on, Duane Davis was able to help the Colts gain the early advantage over the Thunderbirds as he defeated Hills East’s Ross Reiffman in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4.
Elsewhere, the Colts were fuelled by the doubles team of Mollo and Nomberg, who defeated Hills East’s Eric Handelman and Adam Wilck in straight sets; and Cameron Klepper who won a singles match with against Hills East’s Abhinav Srivastava, 6-2, 3-6, 6-4.
Dylan Davis and Evan Nierman also bounced back from an early setback as they rebounded and claimed the latter two sets in a win over Hills East’s Brian Rhee and Sahil Varma, 3-6, 6-0, 6-2.
The final Colts triumph came from Jackson Weisbrot who took straight sets against Hills East’s Tyler London.
Moving forward, this past weekend, the Colts sent two doubles teams to the annual NYSPHSAA boys tennis individual championships in Flushing, N.Y.: the duos of Duane and Dylan Davis and Weisbrot and Nierman.
The Davis brothers were able to knock off the tournament’s top overall seed, Lagendorfer said, and ultimately claimed third place. Weisbrot and Nierman made it through the first round, but were later defeated.
“This was truly a wonderful year,” Lagendorfer said.
Originally published: Long Islander News: Half Hollow Hills
(Thursday, June 4, 2015; A22)