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Top seeds advance at Nassau tennis championships

Cold Spring Harbor's Conor Dauer returns the serve

Cold Spring Harbor's Conor Dauer returns the serve against North Shore. (April 19, 2013) (Credit: George A. Faella)

Inclement weather on Saturday forced the start of the Nassau boys tennis individual championships/state qualifier to Sunday morning, putting the county’s best tennis players through a Mother’s Day marathon at Oceanside.

There were 45 singles players and 55 doubles pairs at the start of the tournament at 9:30 a.m., and by 8 p.m. the plan was to narrow the field to just four singles players and four doubles pairs to complete in the final rounds of the tournament next weekend.

But even by then, one singles quarterfinal and one doubles quarterfinal were still not completed. Those matches will resume at 8 a.m., next Saturday at Oceanside, and will be immediately followed by the four semifinal matches and the championship and consolation rounds.

“It was a long day,” Nassau boys tennis coordinator Barry Kubit said. “I’m beat.”

The top two seeds in the doubles draw advanced to the semifinals. J.P. Paris and Conor Mullins from Cold Spring Harbor, the top-seeded doubles pair, will play Plainview JFK’s Yuval Solomon and Josh Young. The No. 2-ranked doubles pair of Syosset’s Addison Berniker and Henry Tell will play the winner of Roslyn’s Brett Edelblum/Alec Goldberg and Oceanside’s Ben Zaslav/Jace Koretz, who still must conclude their quarterfinal match.

In singles, the No. 1 seed Vihar Shah from Herricks and the No. 2 seed Conor Dauer from Cold Spring Harbor also advanced to the semifinal round. Dauer will play Ben Rosen of Port Washington, while Shah will await the winner of Wantagh’s Douglas Notaris and Bellmore JFK’s Jared Halstrom.

Nine players—three singles players and three doubles pairs—will represent Nassau at the state championships, beginning May 30.

Phillip Antohi, a favorite to qualify for the state champoinships, did not participate, Sunday, and therefore will not have the opportunity to play for a state championship.

The North Shore senior bound for Cornell next fall instead competed at an International Tennis Federation tournament in Plantation, Fla. That tournament concluded before the start of Sunday’s Nassau championships, but Antohi was then invited to stay in Florida and compete in another ITF tournament that conflicted with the county championships.

“It’s a no-brainer,” North Shore coach Brian Kline said. “He wanted to try and win a state championship, but it's hard to give up the chance to compete in an international tournament and train with the USTA.”