Syosset High School Senior Hannah Camhi was all business on Sunday winning in impressive fashion over Garden City's Morgan Herrmann 6-0, 6-0 in the Nassau County Girls Singles Championship at Eisenhower Park. Despite the gusty wind that certainly made adjustments necessary, Camhi was able to place the ball where she wanted to against the her younger opponent Hermann who is an eighth grader.
"I'm used to playing in the wind and didn't have too much difficulty adapting to it," said Camhi. "I felt like I was striking the ball cleaner and making my shots more impactful today."
Camhi credited her coach, Steve Kaplan of Bethpage Tennis Center, with helping her make some changes in her game. "He helped me with adjusting some of my shots, including incorporating a lot of spin and speed in my game. It really helped me a lot."
Camhi who is off to play for Brown University next fall, was able to attain the title that had narrowly eluded her the past three years as she finished second as a junior and third as a sophomore and freshman.
In the doubles final, Hewlett's Gabriella Leon & Veronika Paikin took down Port Washington's Lauren Livingston & Emma Brezel in straight sets, 6-1, 6-0.
"It's all about consistency and teamwork with us," said Paikin. "We felt like we went out there and controlled the match from start to finish."
Leon added that they were motivated to come back and win after losing in the second round in last year's Counties. "Our goal ever since that loss was to get back and win this thing. We practiced really hard and really worked on our volleys in order to get this win today."
In the consolation matches, Great Neck South Junior Nicholle Torres defeated Oceanside's Paulina Tafler, 6-4, 6-2 to finish third in the singles draw. In doubles, Garden City's Marisa Cameron & Brittany Burke pulled out a victory over Syosset's Lisa Petruzillo & Katie Cirella, 7-5, 6-2.
The top three finishers all earned All-County Honors and the right to compete in the State Championships on Nov. 4.
►1-Hannah Camhi, Syosset
►2-Morgan Herrmann, Garden City
►3-Nicholle Torres, Great Neck South
►1-Gabriella Leon & Veronika Paikin, Hewlett
►2-Lauren Livingston & Emma Brezel, Port Washington
►3-Marisa Cameron & Brittany Burke, Garden City
Credit all photos to Gary Simeone
<p> Gary Simeone is writing intern/public relations associate for <em>Long Island Tennis Magazine</em>.</p>