The Syosset High School Girls Tennis team won their fourth straight Nassau County Championship on Wednesday, defeating the Port Washington Lady Vikings 5-2 at Wheatley High School. The win capped off an undefeated Nassau County season for Syosset.
Syosset got strong performances from all of their doubles teams. The second doubles team of Paige Gindi & Joelle Porush, third doubles team of Stacy Denbaum & Kaitlin O'Rourke, and fourth doubles team of Jenna Poczik & Sarah White got the first three victories for the Lady Braves in straight sets, setting the tone for their teammates. With Syosset needing just one more win to clinch the title, they turned to first singles player Vivian Cheng and a short time later, Cheng was victorious securing Syosset the 2012 Nassau Championship after defeating Lauren Livingston, 6-1, 6-0.
After the match was clinched, the drama didn't end as both teams cheered on their first doubles squads as they played the longest match of the day. It went the distance, but in a third set tie-break Lexee Shapiro & Rhea Malhotra were able to pull out Syosset's final win 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (5) over Emma Brezel &Holly Hubsher of Port.
Syosset now advances to the Long Island Championship match where they will face the Suffolk Champion. Half Hollow Hills East is currently undefeated in Suffolk County and is a likely opponent in the Long Island Championship match, scheduled for Tuesday, Oct, 30 at Smithtown East High School.
"I'm really proud of our team and how we all played," said third doubles player, Stacy Denbaum. "I would like our team to take it one step further with a win at the Long Island Championship."
Fourth doubles player, Jenna Poczik, said she was glad she ended her senior year on a good note with a Nassau County title, but would also like to win the Long Island Championship.
"I'm looking forward to the Long Island championship next week and I know our team will play hard and do well," said Poczik.
2012 Nassau County High School Girls Tennis Championship Final Scores
►1st singles: Vivian Cheng (Syosset) defeated Lauren Livingston 6-1, 6-0
►2nd singles: Ally Linder (Port Washington) defeated Rithika Reddy 6-3, 3-6(13-11)
►3rd singles: Liz Kallenberg (Port Washington) defeated Katie Cirella 1-6, 7-6(11-9)
►1st doubles: Rhea Malhotra & Lexee Shapiro (Syosset) defeated Emma Brezel & Holly Hubsher 6-2, 4-6, 7-6
►2nd doubles: Paige Gindi & Joelle Porush (Syosset) defeated Astrid Phillipson & Sarah Seeman 6-1, 6-2
►3rd doubles: Stacy Denbaum & Kaitlin O'Rourke (Syosset) defeated Chloe Klug & Alex Larizadeh 6-3, 6-4
►4th doubles: Jenna Poczik & Sarah White (Syosset) defeated Rebecca Schaub & Amanda Rosenberg 6-1, 6-1
Credit all photos to Gary Simeone