BCHS Falls In PSAL Tennis Title Game
It was the court that would prove to be the decisive match between Long Island City and Beach Channel for the PSAL C tennis championship. Unfortunately for the Dolphins players who had gathered to watch their doubles teammates, Curtis Blocker and Frantz Giedeon, witnessed the end to their title hopes.
Long Island City’s doubles partners Daniel Lozano, and Mostafa Elbasal completed their second set comeback to win 7-6.
The tiebreaker victory clinched LIC’s second straight PSAL title by winning 3-2 over Beach Channel. Elbasal and Lozano had won the first set 7-5, and came back from a 5-3 scorein the second set to help second seed LIC pull off the victory.
“They came in second to the team that won last year. We showed up for everything,” said Dolphins coach John Sullivan. “We showed up for every game. We got to this highest point and we will do that again next year.”
Long Island City’s first singles Yangiao Chen defeated Sharif Ellis, 6-1, 6-2. The Bulldogs second doubles team of Abdelrohma Soudy and Paulos Melidis defeated Anthony Singh and Elisha Gomez, 6-4, 7-5.
Beach Channel junior Julian Morales won in his second singles match, 6-1, 6-2, over James Chung. Dwayne Thomas defeated Ramy Adbellatif, 6-4, 6-4 in a third singles match.
“It’s real tough. Because we was prepared for this,” Thomas, the Dolphins junior player said. “We worked so hard. But I guess they were the better team today.”
Morales feels sadness that senior teammates like Ellis, Gedeon, Singh and Eric King could not experience the thrill of capturing a title before they graduate. He does remain confident that his team will have enough returning pieces to get back to Flushing Meadows next year.
“We had a great season this year.
There’s nothing we could do now but to come back next year,” Morales said. “We should definitely be back next year.”