Garden City's Jacqueline Raynor and Syosset's Hannah Camhi have had a long-standing history with each other. The two number one singles players and archrivals have battled it out for conference supremacy and bragging rights in the past. It was all or nothing in the finals of the Girls Nassau County High School Championship as both players put it all on the line for a chance to be crowned 2010 Nassau County Girls High School Champion.
Camhi came out on a tear, taking the first three games in dominant fashion. Raynor was able to fight back and even up the score at 5-5. From there, Raynor pounded shots at Camhi's backhand and came to the net to put balls away. She won the first set in a back and forth tie-breaker, 7-6 (7-4).
The second set was not as close, as Camhi was unable to overcome several mental errors early on. She fell behind 4-2 and was unable to muster a comeback, losing 6-7(4-7), 2-6.
"I just concentrated on keeping balls in play and hitting everything to her backhand," said Raynor. "I lost to her two times during the season, and I really wanted this victory as a senior."
The South Side High School Girls Doubles team of Rachel Shenker & Deana Davoudiasl were probably the happiest girls on the planet after beating Roslyn's Missy Edelblum & Paige Mintz, 5-7, 7-5, 6-4 in the Nassau High School Girls Doubles Final. Playing the underdog role, the duo of Davoudiasl & Shenker took out last year's champs in one of the best matches of the day.
"This is an unreal moment," said Shenker. "I cannot even describe to you how I'm feeling."
In the consolation singles match, Farmingdale's Devlin Ammendola beat Syosset's Ashley Sandler, 6-3, 6-1. Ammendola and Sandler will join Raynor and Camhi at the 2010 New York State Girls High School Championships.
In the doubles consolation match, Great Neck South's Emma Brenner & Nicholle Torres defeated Sewanaka's Courtney Sokol & Samantha Perri, 6-3, 6-3 and will head to the New York State Girls High School Championships along with the finalists (South Side's Shenker & Deana Davoudiasl and Roslyn's Edelblum & Paige Mintz).
Long Island Tennis Magazine will have a full High School Girls Recap in our January/February 2011 edition, including draw sheets from States and Counties, along with team results, final standings and player honors. In the meantime, check our Web site, www.longislandtennismagazine.com, for results and recaps.
►To view the 2010 Nassau County Girls High School Singles draw sheet, click here.
►To view the 2010 Nassau County Girls High School Doubles draw sheet, click here.
The team of Courtney Sokol & Samantha Perri from Sewanaka display their plaques
The South Side High School Girls Doubles team of Rachel Shenker & Deana Davoudiasl with Roslyn's Missy Edelblum & Paige Mintz
Nassau County first-place finisher Jacqueline Raynor from Garden City; third-place finisher, Farmingdale's Devlin Ammendola; and runner-up Hannah Camhi from Syosset are all headed to the 2010 New York State Girls High School Tennis Championship
In the Doubles Consolation Match, Great Neck South's Nicholle Torres & Emma Brenner were victorious