Hayes Is Fifth In State

Sophomore Rose Hayes, a tennis player with Westhampton Beach’s girls varsity team, with head coach John Czartosieski

Rose Hayes continues to remain among the top talents in state tennis.

The Westhampton Beach sophomore won four of her five matches in the state tournament at Tri-City Fitness Center in Latham this past weekend to earn fifth place. Last year, she finished fourth.

Hayes (11-1), the No. 4 seed in this year’s tournament, made it to the quarterfinals all three years she has competed at the varsity level.

She began the tournament in typical Hayes fashion with 6-0, 6-2 wins over Christian Brothers Academy’s Gieselle Vlassis (3-1) and Clarkstown North’s Sydney Miller (1-3), before coming off the court after dropping a heartbreaking 1-6, 7-6, 6-2 quarterfinal match to Briarcliff’s Rebecca Lim (4-1), who eliminated Hayes last year, too. The match spanned three hours and 30 minutes.

Westhampton’s doubles duo of seniors Rose Peruso and Jen Curran (11-4) took their first trip upstate together, and lost their first-round single-elimination match to Pittsford Sutherland’s Hannah Kim and Selin Akbas (5-2).

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