The Harborfields Tornadoes captured the Suffolk County Girls’ Large School Championship on Friday afternoon, holding off the Thunderbirds of Half Hollow Hills East 5-2 in a battle of the county’s top two seeds.
“I could not be more proud of the team because I know how hard we’ve worked from day one,” said Isabella Frangione. “Everyone on the team is part of this win, and I’m so happy we pulled through in the end. We have a special bond with each other, and it’s more than just being teammates.”
Isabella Frangione secured one of her team’s wins on Friday as she paired with Allie Bigelow to win 6-3, 6-2 at third doubles. Her sister, Victoria, posted a key victory at second doubles, teaming with Brianna Coakley to post a 6-3, 6-4.
The top doubles duo of Josie Rudloff & Carsen Rittberger won 6-4, 6-2 to complete the doubles sweep for the Tornadoes.
Hills East’s victories came from Victoria Czoch, a 1-6, 6-4, 6-0 winner at first singles, and Christina Zhao, who won 6-3, 6-2 at second singles.
To help clinch their win, Harborfields got singles wins from the Deckman sisters, as Aya Deckman posted a 3-6, 6-4, 7-5 win at fourth singles, while Hana Deckman held on to win 7-6, 3-6, 7-5 at second singles to seal the county championship.
“It feels amazing because we all worked so hard and stayed determined to secure the victory,” said Victoria Frangione.
Harborfields came into this season with a determined attitude, following a semifinal loss to this Hills East team last year. It exacted its revenge this season, and have now won 18 consecutive matches heading into Tuesday’s Long Island Large School Championship.
“I am so proud of the way our team came together this year,” said head coach Jimmy Delevante. “Each match was another challenge and the girls supported each other throughout every contest. When things got really close, they never gave up, they never stopped fighting, and they never lost focus.”
Now Harborfields will attempt to win its 19th match of the season as it takes on Nassau champion Port Washington in the LI Championship at Casamento Park in Bay Shore on Tuesday afternoon.
The mindset for the Tornadoes headed in is quite simple, as Victoria Frangione said:
“We are going to stay focused, and enjoy the ride.”