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Port Washington's Ben Rosen claims Nassau singles crown

Port Washington's Ben Rosen plays in the Nassau

Port Washington's Ben Rosen plays in the Nassau individual singles final on Saturday, May 17, 2014. Credit: Richard T. Slattery

Ben Rosen ended the Nassau County tennis singles tournament the same way he started it: dominating his competition.

The Port Washington senior defeated Plainview's Yuval Solomon, 6-1, 6-1, in the championship match Saturday afternoon at Oceanside.

"I'm proud of myself," Rosen said. "Yuval's a great player, I had to fight hard. I had to be really consistent to win that match."

Rosen was consistent not only in the final, but throughout the tournament, which began last week. He didn't drop a single set in five matches and only lost seven games.

"I just tried to minimize the errors," he said. "Yuval will beat you if you make too many errors."

Port Washington coach Peter Travis said, "He picked the guy apart. He played his points well, he hit a hard ball, he strategized well, he made all his serves. He just did a real good job today."

Rosen became Travis' first player to win a singles title and the coach said he savored every moment, saying the sweet taste of victory "tasted really good."

Earlier in the day, Rosen defeated Keegan Morris of Sewanhaka/Carey, 6-0, 6-1, in the semifinals.

In the singles consolation match, Locust Valley's Dylan Appel defeated Morris, 6-1, 6-3, to join Rosen and Solomon in qualifying for the state tournament.

In doubles play, Cold Spring Harbor seniors J.P. Paris and Conor Mullins won their second straight county title, defeating the Syosset team of Henry Tell and Dylan Granat, 6-0, 3-6, 6-3.

"It was a grind," Paris said. "We won the first set, momentum totally changed in the second, then we really put our hearts into the third set."

The match marked the first time since 2012 that the pair dropped a set in the county tournament.

Mullins said Tell and Granat's serving was the key to the second set, while Mullins and Paris agreed better execution on their part helped them turns things back in their favor.

"We just got back to the basics of making them force the issue," Mullins said.

"We just had to make some adjustments, like making returns and first serves," Paris added.

The approach worked, as after both sides held serve in the first three games of the third set, the Cold Spring Harbor duo won a break point to go up 3-1. After two aces from Paris, they took a 4-1 lead en route to a 6-3 win in the decisive set.

Paris and Mullins defeated Garden City's Rob Gavigan and Tim Nacca, 6-1, 6-1, in their semifinal.

In the doubles consolation match, Massapequa's Andrew Bentz and Nasser Ghaffar beat Gavigan and Nacca, 3-6, 7-5, 6-4, to qualify for state competition, along with Paris and Mullins and Tell and Granat.

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