Meet Newsday's All-Long Island boys tennis first team for the 2017 spring season.
Long Island Player of the Year: Yuval Solomon, Plainview-Old Bethpage JFK, Sr.
Solomon capped a historic varsity run with a second straight state championship. Only six other Nassau County boys tennis players have won multiple state titles. The Wake Forest commit rolled over every opponent in his path, never losing a set or more than four games during the state tournament.
"When he came here the first day, he was hitting the ball four times in a game," coach Nick Ventimiglia said. "It was ace, ace, ace ace." Solomon, who was the state runner-up as a sophomore and the consolation runner-up as a freshman, went 73-2 over his last three seasons. He also reached the state tournament as part of a doubles team in eighth grade.
"It's been a pleasure playing high school tennis," Solomon said. "Five years at the state tournament, six years on varsity tennis, and it's just great."
Suffolk Player of the Year: Jack Flores, Huntington, Fr.
With three more years of high school tennis, Flores has plenty more he can accomplish.His freshman season was special enough to indicate the future is extremely bright.
Flores impressively defeated Half Hollow Hills West's Jackson Weisbrot, who had beaten him twice already this season, in the Suffolk singles championship final. He dominated his first-round match in the state tournament before putting up a strong fight but falling short in the second round.
Alvaro Bezos, St. John the Baptist, Sr.
Bezos won the CHSAA singles championship in his only season on the varsity.
Peter Siozios, New Hyde Park, Sr.
He was runner-up at the county tournament and reached the state quarterfinals.
Jackson Weisbrot, Half Hollow Hills West, Sr.
Weisbrot led his team back to Suffolk team championship. He followed that by placing second in the county tournament and winning an epic three-and-a-half hour match in the first round of the state tournament.
Preet Rajpal, Syosset, Jr.
Rajpal and Eli Grossman played doubles for the county tournament and won the whole thing. Then they went on a run to finish third in the state.
Eli Grossman, Syosset, Jr.
Grossman and Preet Rajpal played doubles for the county tournament and won the whole thing. Then they went on a run to finish third in the state.
Tyler Nierman, Half Hollow Hills West, Sr.
Nierman and Cameron Klepper, a junior, won the county doubles tournament. They also dominated on their way to the state quarterfinals before falling to eventual champions James Wei and Dylan Glickman.
Cameron Klepper, Half Holow Hills West, Jr.
Klepper and Tyler Nierman won the county doubles tournament. They also dominated on their way to the state quarterfinals before falling to eventual champions James Wei and Dylan Glickman.
Coach of the Year: Shai Fisher, Syosset
Fisher's Braves went 18-0 and have won 52 consecutive matches.