2009-05-15 / Sports

Boys, Girls Tennis Teams Fall Short In PSAL Playoffs

By Elio Velez

Late Wednesday Richard Chiamienti was enjoying his time on the school bus talking and joking with his Far Rockaway Lady Seahorses tennis team.

But he was also a bit sad that it would be the last time Chiamienti will be traveling with his team.

Far Rockaway's Cinderella ride in the PSAL C playoffs fell short in the semifinals when they lost 3- 2 to Franklin Delano Roosevelt High School at Grand Street Campus in Brooklyn.

The 18th ranked Lady Seahorses, who finished 5- 5 in the regular season, recorded playoff upsets over number two seed Newcomers. Last Monday afternoon, Far Rockaway defeated divisional rival Richmond Hill in the quarterfinals.

The Seahorses ended their run one game short of reaching the championship at the Billie Jean King Center at Flushing Meadows Park today. Chiamienti will take his team to visit the center today to watch the PSAL boys and girls championships.

But Chiamienti will admit to rather watching his team compete on the court than seeing the action from the stands.

"We tried so hard. It was a nice Cinderella run. We turned some heads and we had a good time doing it. I wouldn't trade this for anything," Chiamienti said.

The 20th ranked Beach Channel Lady Dolphins also made a nice run in reaching the quarterfinals of the PSAL C tournament. But they lost to Queens Division rival Franklin K. Lane last Tuesday afternoon.

John Sullivan had printed out the driving directions for his Beach Channel boys' tennis team if they had won their quarterfinal game against Newcomers last Monday.

But the next day, Sullivan jokingly ripped up the printed directions to head to the Billie Jean King Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows Park for the semfinals. The number two ranked Dolphins would go on to lose in the PSAL C quarterfinals last Monday at home to Newcomers 4-1.

Ariel Feldman won in second singles for the only team victory for Beach Channel. Sullivan was proud of the team's efforts for finishing 10-2 in the regular season. "They're upset. But when you look at the scores Newcomers won four out of five. You can't spin it any other way," Sullivan said.

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