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).