Rye High Boys’ Tennis


By Mitch Silver


When Shane Killian of the Rye tennis team walked off the Harrison High courts an easy 6-0, 6-2 winner last Tuesday afternoon, it seemed a portent of things to come. “I’ve played him before,” the Garnet veteran said. “I know what he wants to do, and I didn’t let him do it.”


But his victory over Ben Lubowitz at second singles was one of just two the Garnets would get on a windy April afternoon. Only seniors John Barber and James McFarland at third doubles could join Killian in the winners’ column, topping Santiago Ponce-Ocampo and Zack Greif 6-4, 6-2. Coach Sue Dickson’s other doubles teams went down in straight sets. Juniors Eddie Collins and David Weiner fell 1 and 2; seniors Guy Junkins and Andrew Graham lost 1 and 3; and Ken Nakamura and Zachary Gaouad were beaten 6-1, 7-5.


Meanwhile, Zachary’s sophomore twin Mehdi Gaouad lost at third singles 6-1, 7-6 (10-7), extending the Huskies’ David Griff for two hours before conceding defeat. And at first singles, Rye lefthander Alex Tretiak couldn’t beat the combined efforts of Adam Alper and leg cramps. He took a massage break in the second set and, though game, lost 6-3, 6-4.


After meeting league foes Pelham and Eastchester post-press time, the Garnets travel to Ardsley for an encounter this afternoon at 4:15 p.m. 


One for all and all for one is how the Garnets roll. 

Shane Killian won easily at No. 2 singles. 

Alex Tretiak cramped up in both calves at No.1 singles.