A year ago, Rachel Arbitman powered her way to the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) singles title.
This year, the Hewlett sophomore moved to the doubles court with teammate Nyla Gershfeld, and the two parlayed their Nassau County championship from a couple of weeks ago into a state title on Monday morning at Tri-City Tennis in Latham, N.Y.
The NYSPHSAA final was a rematch of the county final, as the Hewlett duo played sisters Kavina and Kaya Amin of Wheatley. The match was tightly-contested, but Gershfeld and Arbitman came out on top 7-5, 6-4 to claim the title.
In the singles final, Port Washington’s Thea Rabman’s excellent run came to an end as 2017 champion Julia Andreach of Our Lady of Mercy High School in Rochester, N.Y. won her second title with a 7-6(4), 6-1 victory.
It was an excellent weekend for the Long Island girls up in Latham. Cold Spring Harbor’s Merri Kelly Hannity reached the semifinals before falling to Rabman, while Westhampton Beach’s Rose Hayes and Great Neck North’s Amy Delman reached the quarterfinals.
Port Washington’s Ellie Ross and Andrea Martinez advanced to the quarterfinals in the doubles draw, while Ward Melville’s Jade Eggleston and Kira Kronenberg won their first-round match.