Dolphins Tennis Team Ends Dream Season
On Wednesday, May 16th, the Boys from Beach Channel’s Varsity Tennis Team traveled a long way to an unfamiliar place. Arriving in Fort Hamilton, just under the Verrazano Bridge, the team started their normal pre-game routine of warm-ups and light volleying. The whole way there, the group spoke about how far they want the team to go in the PSAL B Division Championships. There was even talk about how much better they would be next season. Each player took their previous win, a first-round thrashing of Grover Cleveland, and put it aside. They focused on the things to come. They focused on the Tigers of Fort Hamilton—a team that lost to Campus Magnet High School in last year’s first round playoffs. They focused a little too much, and the bubble that protected the team throughout the season burst into reality.
At 4:00 PM, the first ball was served on the Quarterfinal showdown between the Dolphins and Tigers. After nearly two hours of inspired play, the matches started to wrap up. Beach Channel Second Singles player, Gabriel Martinez walked off with his head hung low for the first time all year. Breaking his previously undefeated record, he lost to Garri Stratiev by a score of 6-2, 6-2. The Dolphins’ Second Doubles team of Jahvis Ferguson and Imran Kahn walked off of their match victorious, 6-2, 7-5, led by Ferguson’s 4 Aces. Timothy Ramchatesingh ended his season with a 6-6 record, by losing to Aleksan Simuni, 6-4, 6-3. Norbert Kosobudzki and Sebastian Stefaniak lost their First Doubles match by a score of 6-3, 6-3. By the time the Third Singles Match of Beach Channel’s Soslan Dambegov and Fort Hamilton’s Ki Lim ended, the 3-2 win had already settled in the Tigers’ minds. For the record, Soslan won his match, improving to 12-0 this season.
Although the team did not reach the semifinals, spirits were high after the matches ended. During the long trip home, the team celebrated a great season. Beach Channel had an overall team record of 10-2, and a combined individual record of 48-12 throughout 12 matches. Highlights of the year included Soslan Dambegov’s ‘Perfect Season’ of 12-0 with 124 Aces, and Doubles Team Jahvis Ferguson and Imran Kahn’s 10-0 record since joining the team after the second match of the year. The team’s 9-1 regular season record contained more wins than the Dolphins’ previous two seasons combined. And possibly the most important fact of all: The team had No Seniors this season—which means the possibility of all the players returning next season is very likely. Next year, the Dolphins will be a force to reckon with.