There is a culture of winning that reverberates inside the Beacon boys tennis program. So even after losing a number of seniors from last year’s city championship team, this year’s team didn’t miss a beat.
The Blue Demons captured its ninth consecutive PSAL New York City “A” Division title on Wednesday afternoon, defeating top-seed and unbeaten Brooklyn Tech 4-1 on a hot day at Cunningham Park.
“This one is really special,” said Beacon head coach Bayard Faithfull. “This is the youngest team I’ve ever coaches. Our starting lineup consists of three freshman, three sophomores and a junior. We graduated our top nine players from last year, so to get young kids to be consistent is something really special.”
The first match off the court was the first doubles flight, as Beacon’s Julian Szuper and Marcos Lee rolled to a 6-0, 6-0 win over Daniel Maseyev and Denis Korol of Brooklyn Tech. Felix Levine then chipped in a 6-3, 6-2 win over Bojidar Todorov at third singles to give Beacon a 2-0 lead.
The second doubles pairing of Lucas Larese De Santo and Tyler Kats came back from a set down to beat Alex Huynh and Lawrence Shoykhet 6-7, 6-1, 6-0, and Ethan Leon knocked off Philip Raytburg 7-6, 6-1 at second singles to round out the Beacon victory.
In the final contest, with the overall match decided, Brooklyn Tech’s Samuel Vagner edged Ameer Hosain 6-7, 6-4, 10-5 in a really competitive match.
“They are aware of the legacy, and they very much want to uphold that,” Faithfull said of his players understanding the Beacon history. “I talk to them all about the fact that we stand on the shoulders of lots of kids who have played before them, and these kids came in and did some outstanding stuff. We are really proud of that.”