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Zach Chan, Josh Antell clinch Syosset’s third straight Nassau tennis title

Syosset's Neel Rajesh hits the return during the

Syosset's Neel Rajesh hits the return during the Nassau boys tennis team championships at Eisenhower Park on Tuesday, May 23, 2017. Credit: Enrique C. Mendez

Zach Chan and Josh Antell heard a huge cheer erupt from Eisenhower Park’s first doubles court on Tuesday afternoon.

They saw their Syosset teammates Preet Rajpal and Adam Canarick hugging, and they just assumed the Braves had locked up their third straight county title.

So they continued their match with Roslyn’s Jacob Buchbinder and Andrew Lieblich thinking their result’s impact would be only cosmetic. That was hardly the case.

Chan and Antell, who had lost to Buchbinder and Lieblich twice this season, won the deciding match at fourth doubles, 6-3, 6-4, and gave Syosset a 4-0 lead in its 5-2 win, its 51st consecutive victory.

“It is the most amazing feeling, just to show everyone that we are the better team, to come back after two losses, really get the right mindset,” Chan said. “I think those two losses did contribute to us winning today. It was a huge motivating factor.”

“It gets a lot of weight off our shoulders,” Antell said.

The Braves (17-0) also got victories from Kabir Rajpal at second singles, Eli Grossman at third singles, Rajpal and Canarick at first doubles and Justin Oresky and Jeremy Levine at third doubles. Syosset will face Suffolk champion Half Hollow Hills East in the Executive Cup, scheduled for 3 p,m. Thursday at the Hamlet Golf and Country Club in Commack.

Syosset hasn’t lost since the 2014 county final, but Roslyn (14-3) came close to ending the winning streak twice this season. The Braves edged the Bulldogs, 4-3, in both regular-season meetings a year after beating them three times — the last coming in the county final — by a total of 18-3.

“It was definitely easier last year,” Syosset coach Shai Fisher said. “Roslyn improved a lot. They gave it to us both times during the regular season and we knew that we’d have a really tough match today but our doubles came through.”

Whether or not the wins have come easily, the Braves appreciate what they have accomplished.

“Every win we get, we don’t take it for granted,” Canarick said.

Added Chan, “We’re looking toward a hundred.”

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