By Gregg Hansson/Special to the Advance
The Staten Island Tennis Asscoiation is hosting its annual High School Interscholastic tennis tournament beginning Tuesday at the Staten Island Community Tennis Center on the College of Staten Island campus.
The tournament, which began in 1951, holds four events in Boys' Singles and Doubles, and Girls' Singles and Doubles. The finals are slated for Friday June 1.
In boys' singles, Shawn Jackson (Susan Wagner) returns as the No. 1 seed attempting for his third straight title and fourth final appearance. Jackson saved a match point down in his epic semi-final verse Tottenville's Philip Belmatch (2015 Champ) en-route to last years title. With Belmatch and McKee/Staten Island Tech’s Chris Kolesnik (2017 finalist) having graduated, Jackson’s main competition should come from freshmen Wesley Zhang (MSIT).
In girls' singles, Miriam Aziz (MSIT), No. 1 seed, is back to defend her title. Seeded No. 2 is last year's finalist Julia Lendel (SIA). Both sophomores should put on another talented final, however watch out for Petrides Rebecca Sitkovesky No. 3, who has been competing on the boys team. Francesca Reres No. 4 rounds out the girls' seeds.
In boys' doubles action, MSIT looks to repeat last year's all team final with No. 1 Eden Ksendzowsky/Landon Vass and #2 Sean Vayser/Anton Slesarevich. While, in girls' doubles, NDA’s tandem of Jianna Walters/Julia Corrado are the heavy favorites.
NOTES: Shawn Jackson could become first male player to appear in four singles finals. With a victory, he’ll become fourth player to win three titles, tying Randall Berstell (Richmond Prep 68-70), Paul Gvildys (Tot 78-80), and Chris Auteri (SIA 2012-2-14).
Girls Singles: Tuesday 4 p.m.
Sophia Wyne (SIA) vs Julia Holtermann (Curtis)
Reres (Hill) vs Rosemary O’Neil (NDA)
Brianna Shaw (Curtis) vs Jackie Paskowski (Hill)
Batool Mulla (SW) vs Luisana Guerrero (Hill)
Sasha Ryder (SIA) vs Sierra Rogers (Tot)
Boys Singles: Tuesday 5 p.m.
Alan Sprikut (Tot) vs Santiago Galvis (Petrides)
Warren Wan (Curtis) vs David Goldberg (Tot)
Mark Lewis (Curtis) vs Jeffrey Ly (tot)
Justin Gorelik (Tot) vs Aaron Jackson (SW)
Boys Doubles: 5 p.m.
Mark Varsity/Michael Mezhiriskiy (ND) vs Alan Lerner/John Mocio (Pet)
Owais Mulla/Eric Demchock (SW) vs Jake Nieto/Emmanuel Kissi (Pet)