With the match tied 2-2, it took an amazing comeback by the Flatbush Boys Tennis Team’s 2nd Doubles pairing – capped off by a win in a tiebreak – to lift the Falcons to victory in their season-opening contest, defeating the YDE Thunder by a final score of 3 sets to 2 on Thursday night (4/19) at MatchPoint USA’s Mill Basin Satellite Courts in Brooklyn, NY.
It was a late night tilt in Mill Basin, with the match getting underway at 9:00 pm, and after a few minutes of warm-up, the Falcons and Thunder were ready to get the season started. The five contests all got underway at relatively the same time. They would not conclude that way.
At 1st Singles, Flatbush’s Sam Torgueman knew he would be facing an uphill battle from the start, as YDE’s number 1 projected to be one of the top players in the Yeshiva League. YDE’s Maurice Mizrahi showed that ranking was well-deserved, and Torgueman was fortunate to get even one game off of Mizrahi. He fell to the top Thunder player by a score of 10-1.
Meanwhile, Flatbush’s 2nd Doubles team of Ricky Esses and Michael Chattah took care of their YDE opponents nearly as quickly, prevailing by a score of 10-2.
The other two singles games were closer contests, but resulted in clear winners. Flatbush took 2nd Singles behind a quality performance from Michael Dayan, who prevailed by a score of 10-6, while the 3rd Singles set went to the Thunder as Freshman Teddy Gindi put up a solid fight but fell in his first ever Varsity contest by a score of 10-4.
That meant that the battle at 1st Doubles would decide the match. And for most of the contest, it looked like YDE would win going away. The team of Isaac Shammah and Jacob Sorscher held a commanding lead of 7-4 and then 9-5 over Flatbush’s Mark Shalam and Isaac Sutton. But, the Thunder pair could not shut the door on the Falcon duo. Sutton and Shalam battled, and came all the way back from the brink of defeat to tie the set at 9-9, forcing a tie break to decide the set – and the match. Flatbush had the momentum, and they rode it to a decisive 7-1 win in the deciding game, taking the set by a score of 10-9, and delivering that third and decisive point for the Flatbush victory.