CROSS RIVER Most people would probably agree the area could use some rain. But the timing Tuesday wasn’t great for the Conference 1 Tennis Tournament.
A shower and ensuing efforts to dry the new six-court complex at John Jay High resulted in a 90-minute delay that ultimately postponed six scheduled doubles matches to Wednesday
That means singles players, including freshman sensation Caitlyn Ferrante of Yorktown, the top seed at 10-1, probably won’t see action until late Wednesday or perhaps later, since the courts aren’t lit.
“We’ll be here for quite awhile,” said Yorktown coach Roger Dayer, who noted drying efforts included a “little bit of everything,” including the use of rollers and leaf blowers.
The delay didn’t seem to have an adverse impact on the home team of Izzy Bienen and Sonia Lang. The John Jay senior/sophomore duo stopped Yorktown’s Jessie Gerdis and Anisha Duvvi 6-3, 6-2 with some strong net play.
“We’ve been trying to poach a lot. We’ve been practicing that,” said Lang, referring to cutting across to return shots at the net.
The two are 11-0 and eyeing sectionals.
Panas’ Shreya Kumar and Amanda Brown, who played only singles this season, advanced with a win over a team from John Jay-East Fishkill.
“In the conference tournament, if you get to the second round, that’s a good thing,” a pleased Panas coach, Santa Trawick, said.
Yorktown twins Amba and Gowri Viswanathan, seniors who’ve played together for four years, also advanced.
The two, who are 10-2 this season, were eliminated in the first round of conference play last year. They’re doing well now, Amba said, more because they’ve played together for so long than the fact they’re sisters.
“We’re putting away volleys,” Gowri added.
In one of the best matches, the Haldane combo of Olivia Sterling and Carly Brief fell, 6-4, 4-6, 5-10, to John Jay-East Fishkill’s Likitha Kumar and Joelle Grady.
Sterling, a sophomore, and Brief, a senior, had played only singles this season.
“It was a good fight,” Sterling said.
“I’m proud of us,” Brief said.