Nicole Daniggelis of Smithtown East made her senior season one she'll never forget, as she captured the Suffolk County Individual Singles Championship. Daniggelis upset two top five seeds en-route to winning the 2011 championship. Daniggelis, from St. James, N.Y., will actually play Lacrosse at Yale next year, had her tennis skills on display this day. She used her impressive athleticism, mental toughness and consistent play to prevail.
In the semifinals, she defeated the second seed Ludmilla Yamus from Half Hollow Hills East, which set up a rematch with fifth-seeded Zenat Roshizada of Half Hollow Hills West in the finals. In their previous meeting earlier in the season, Roshizada defeated Daniggelis in three tough sets, but things were very different in this match. In the finals, Daniggelis recovered from a slow start to win the first set 6-3. She was up 4-1 in the second set when Roshizada retired with an injury which gave the championship to Daniggelis.
In the Suffolk County Doubles Championship, the favorites prevailed and left no doubt who the top team was. Top-seeded sisters Mickey & Bridget Harding of Northport cruised through the tournament's early rounds losing on two games combined in the first three rounds, and then capped off their title run with a very impressive 6-2, 6-1 win over the third-seeded team of Sarah Han & Malini Desai of Half Hollow Hills West. Mickey Harding is a senior while Bridget is a sophomore.
The top three finishers from both singles and doubles will now represent Suffolk County at the State Championships, set for Nov. 4th.
►1. Nicole Daniggelis, Smithtown East
►2. Zenat Roshizada, Half Hollow Hills West
►3. Ludmilla Yamus, Half Hollow Hills East
►1. Mickey & Bridget Harding, Northport
►2. Sarah Han & Malini Desai, Half Hollow Hills West
►3. Amanda Luper & Allison Huber, Half Hollow Hills East