About a month ago someone came to find this blog by typing in a Google search “Chris Frost Tennis Player Awesome.” After high school sectionals, that may happen more often. Chris became Section 2 Champion by beating Stefan Kuhar today at Central Park – Schenectady. Chris came out, from the beginning, serving hard and getting to the net. Stephan hit hard and deep from corner to corner. When Chris pressed too hard and came in too soon, he got passed. Chris often came with big second serves. There were some double faults and some second serve winners, but the constant pressure from big serves and his attacking game brought Chris a 6-3, 6-1 victory in a match that was closer than the score indicated. Both players will represent the section at Boys states.
“I’m glad to be able to go to states.” The words of Rohin Bose. Kade Pettie and Rohin topped Erwin Lin and Brendan Service 6-4, 7-5 in the doubles final. This was a tightly contested match throughout with Erwin and Brendan taking a 3-1 lead in the first set before Kade and Rohin came back to tie it up and later broke to win the first set. The second set was on serve until Kade and Rohin broke serve at 6-5 to win the match. This doubles team came together mid season when Kade decided he “wanted to make states my senior year.”
The longest match of the day was the 3/4 singles playoff between Josh Jachuck and Donny Dudley. Lots of deuces and adds. When these two finished their first set, the 3/4 doubles match was 3-3 in the third set – more on that match below. The third game of the match was probably the longest. When I went down to the doubles courts Josh was serving. After watching two games of the doubles, Josh was still serving on the same side. Next time I looked up there, he was still serving the same game. In the end, Josh won 7-5, 6-2.
The 3/4 doubles matchup between Jon Finn / Ned Feist and Nick Deluke / Nick Mashuta was a seesaw battle. Jon and Ned won the first set 6-1. Nick and Nick came back to win the second set 6-1. In the third set it looked like Deluke and Mashuta had it wrapped up, leading 5-3 but Jon and Ned tied it up and had a match point. The match ended, appropriate enough, with a third set tiebreaker. Nick Deluke and Nick Mashuta prevailed 7-5 in the tiebreaker. Nick and Nick were able to play practice matches against Kade and Rohin several times in the last few weeks which probably helped both teams prepare for this event. I am sure there will be more practice matches in the next week and a half.
The finalists and the winners of the 3/4 playoff will represent our section at states – June 2nd – at the National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, NY. If for some reason, someone can not go, the 4th place player/team takes their place.
Finals – Chris Frost (Niskayuna) def. Stefan Kuhar (Albany Academy) 6-3, 6-1
3/4 Playoff – Josh Jachuck (Bethlehem) def. Donny Dudley (Niskayuna) 7-5, 6-2
Finals – Kade Pettie/Rohin Bose (Bethlehem) def. Brendan Service/Erwin Lin (Niskayuna) 6-4, 7-5
3/4 Playoff – Nick Deluke/Nick Mashuta (Bethlehem) def. Ned Feist/Jon Finn (Niskayuna)1-6, 6-1, 7-6 (5)
** Players listed in RED qualify for states **