It was a repeat of last year's Long Island Girls High School Tennis final, as the Syosset Girls Varsity Tennis team defeated Half Hollow Hills West by a count of 6-1 on Nov. 2. It was a dominating performance by the Lady Braves, as all four singles, and first and third doubles, won their matches convincingly.
"To win for a second year in a row is very, very sweet," said Head Coach Larry Levane. "We knew all season long that we were going to have a bullseye on our back after last year's win. We knew teams were going to give us their very best shot and we had some very tight matches this year. It is that kind of competition that helped us though."
Syosset junior and number one singles player Hannah Camhi led the way with a decisive 6-0, 6-3 victory over Half Hollow Hills West's Carly Siegel. "It is great to repeat again this year," said Camhi. "I'm excited that I was able to contribute to our win today."
Second singles for Syosset Ashley Sandler, and third singles, Rithika Reddy, won in straight sets. Sandler defeated Zenat Rashidzada, 6-4,6-2 and Reddy was victorious over Malini Desai, 6-3, 6-1.
"I didn't let her get inside my head and I made sure to stay steady and keep the ball in play," said Sandler of her opponent, Zenat Rashidzada. "Any short ball she gave me, I made sure to hit for a winner."
Sandler also commented on her last year with the team saying it had been a great experience.
"It was such a great experience being a captain and helping to lead our team," said Sandler. "It was so much fun and it will be sad not seeing and playing with them everyday."
Fourth singles player Jennifer Glukhman of Syosset won in three tough sets, 7-5, 3-6, 6-3. Syosset's second doubles team of Haley O'Rourke & Katie Cirella also took three sets before pulling out a win and the Lady Braves third doubles team of Alexa Sternschein & Paige Gindiwon won convincingly, 6-1, 6 -2.
Half Hollow Hills West got their lone victory from the first doubles team of Sarah Han & Dani Silber who prevented the Syosset sweep with a hard fought three-set victory.
"It was a good match, but unfortunately it was the same result as last year," said Hills Head Coach Kim Langendorfer. "Syosset has a good team, but I thought our girls played well and we had a very good season no matter what."
This match ends the team portion of a very successful girls 2010 high school tennis season. The individual tennis season will finish up this weekend in Manilus, N.Y., where the state competition will take place.
<p> Gary Simeone is writing intern/public relations associate for <em>Long Island Tennis Magazine</em>.</p>