The Ross School’s boys tennis team, while it has a number of new faces, appears strong enough to contend again for the league championship that it has won the past four years.
Juan Diaz, Ross’s coach, said he expected the Cosmos’ strongest opponent will be Westhampton Beach, “though,” he said during Monday’s match in the bubble with East Hampton, “we won’t play them until next week.”
Ross has a junior from Germany, Jan Menke, playing number-one, a junior, Dan Okin, who transferred from East Hampton, at number-two, a junior, Fuad Neto, who’s from Brazil, at number-three, and Jonas Feurring, a ninth grader, at number-four.
Harrison Rowen, a junior, and Giddeon Yektai, a ninth grader, played first doubles for Ross on Monday. Alex Kang, a sophomore from South Korea, and Niko Osch, a sophomore from Germany, played at two, and Maddison Hummel, a sophomore, and Matt Benedict, also a sophomore, played at three. Diaz said Hummel and Benedict alternate at the third doubles spot with Harrison Kennedy, a junior, and Zach Bogetti, a junior.
East Hampton, which split with Ross in the regular season last spring, was pretty much gutted by graduation losses. “The only returnees I have are Julian McGurn [a sophomore] at first singles and our first doubles team [Brady Yusko and Nicki Neubert, both juniors],” said the Bonackers’ coach, Michelle Kennedy.
Others in East Hampton’s lineup, most of them up from the junior varsity, are Matt Lownes, a junior, Ben Karlin, a sophomore, Jordan Foster, a ninth grader, Matt McMullan, a junior, Kyle Fallon, a junior, Chris Betuel, a senior, and Sage Gibbons, a junior. McGurn, Lownes, Karlin, and Foster are playing singles; Yusko and Neubert, McMullan and Fallon, and Betuel and Gibbons are the doubles teams.
East Hampton, which was bageled by Ross, also lost, by a score of 5-2, to Mattituck last week. Yusko and Neubert won in straight sets at first doubles, and Betuel and Gibbons, the third pairing, also won in straight sets.
McGurn, who lost in straight sets at Mattituck, did so again on Monday, Menke, the taller player, proving to be a little too strong for him. Nevertheless, the rallies were spirited, and McGurn acquitted himself well in the 7-5, 6-3 loss.
Ross’s bubble will stay up until after Memorial Day, said Diaz, who added that schools Ross was to have played at during this period of inclement weather had played, instead, at Ross.
Monday’s win improved the Cosmos to 4-0.