Syosset High School's Hannah Camhi capped off an epic senior season with a hard-fought, three-set victory over fellow Long Islander Morgan Hermann of Garden City, 6-2,5-7, 6-2 in the 2011 NYSPHSAA Girls High School Tennis Championships played yesterday in Manlius, N.Y. This was just the first time since 2006 that both girls finalists were Long Islanders.
The State Final was a rematch of the Nassau County Championship match where Camhi won easily in straight sets 6-0, 6-0. This time, Hermann battled throughout, playing much better than she did under the windy conditions faced at the Nassau County Championships when the girls met a few weeks ago. She forced Camhi to step up her game in order to pull out the victory. The win allowed Camhi to end her high school career on top, as well as avenge her loss in the state finals, as Camhi was the runner-up last year and captured third place two years ago.
"I'm a strong advocate of high school tennis and very proud of the tradition of successful participation of my players," said Camhi's year-round tennis coach, Steven Kaplan. "Hannah's win is the 11th State Girl's Singles Title and 15th overall Singles Title of my students. Hannah was inspired by Jenny Kellner's win at the states two years ago, and she has worked very hard for the opportunity to be a State Champion. Hannah was a dedicated and loyal team member and she will be an inspiration to others for many years to come."
Camhi also won the Nassau County Individual Singles Title, as well as had an undefeated season at first singles to help lead Syosset to their third straight Long Island Championship. Camhi is next off to Brown University to play next fall.
Other Long Island players had strong showings as well. In doubles, Gabriella Leon & Veronika Pakin of Hewlett as well as Bridget & Mickey Harding of Northport both advanced to the quarterfinals.
"I'm extremely proud of all the girls who competed, both in singles and in doubles. The results from the tournament demonstrate the high level of competition that is played here on Long Island by the girls," said Shai Fisher, Section VIII Nassau County Girls Tennis Coordinator. "Hannah has worked very hard, year in and year out, and to finish her high school career with a win in her last match at the NY State level is a crowning achievement and well-deserved honor."
►Click here to view the 2011 NYSPHSAA Girls High School Tennis Championships Singles Draw.
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