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Oct 29, 2019 11:29 AMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Julia Stabile's Hard-Fought Point At Fourth Singles Leads Westhampton Beach Girls Tennis To Another County Title

Rose Peruso CAILIN RILEY
Oct 29, 2019 3:52 PM


Julia Stabile had a big moment in what is still a very young tennis career on Monday afternoon at Shoreham/Wading River High School, triumphing in a three-set match at fourth singles to help clinch the second straight Suffolk County Championship for the Westhampton Beach girls tennis team.

Stabile, an eighth-grader, outlasted Islip’s Maya Levy in a match that was nearly three hours long. After losing the first set, 6-3, Stabile rebounded with consecutive 6-2, 6-2 wins.

Her victory was part of the strategy head coach John Czartosieski employed with his top-seeded team to beat Islip, the third seed.

“I believed our best chance of winning was to sweep the singles matches, and luckily that’s how it worked out,” he said.

Top seed Rose Hayes — the Suffolk County and Division IV singles champion and one of three Hurricane players headed to states, along with Rose Peruso and Jen Curran — made quick work of Emily Dangolis in a 6-0, 6-0 match at first singles, while Katelyn Stabile beat Ava Delisle, 6-0, 6-1, at second singles, and Peruso, who normally plays doubles, beat Ava Andrio, 6-1, 6-2, at third singles.

Hurricanes Helena Jones and Rieve Delisle lost, 6-1, 6-1, to Maddie Germano and Kate Berger at first doubles; Jen Curran and Emma Way lost, 6-3, 6-1, to Kristen Scheidel and Ciara Hand at second doubles; and Mia Seitles and Natalia Vega lost, 6-1, 6-3, to Darienne Rogers and Kendall Delaney at third doubles.

Czartosieski raised his eyebrows when he saw Islip’s lineup, which he called “a little suspect,” based on the fact that Islip’s first singles player, Dangolis, competed at third doubles the last time Westhampton Beach faced the team, in a 5-2 win earlier in the year. He lodged a challenge, but then “grudgingly” accepted the Islip coach’s justification for his lineup, and the match began.

Afterward, Czartosieski said he was proud of Stabile for coming through with the key point in a tough match.

“She’s never had to play a three-set match,” he said of the younger Stabile. “Amazingly, she held it all together with grit, determination and poise.”

The county title is the second straight for the Lady Hurricanes, and sixth in Czartosieski’s tenure as head coach. The Long Island Championship was originally scheduled for Tuesday at Shoreham, but was postponed to Wednesday due to the weather. Results of that match occurred too late to appear in this week’s edition and can be found at 27east.com and in next week’s issue of The Press.

The Lady ’Canes, who became the first ever team from Suffolk County to win a Long Island title last season, will try to defend their title against Nassau County champion Port Washington, a team that is considered the favorite, at least on paper.

“We will have our hands full, so we’ll see what happens,” he said. “I’ve got a great team, and they’ve already exceeded our expectations. It’s just an honor to be back at the Long Island Championship.”

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