| By Gary Simeone

The 4th Annual Awards Banquet, hosted by the Suffolk County Girls Tennis Coaches Association, took place recently at Villa Lombardi Restaurant in Holbrook, N.Y. More than 500 players and coaches representing 52 Suffolk County schools showed up for the event, as awards were given out to winners in various categories, including All-League players, All-Division and League Coaches of the Year.

"There are so many talented players out here in Suffolk and it's nice to be able to recognize them at these functions," said Joe Arias, Coordinator of the Suffolk County Junior Tennis League (SCJTL). "The girls are honored for their accomplishments and awarded in State, County, Division and Leagues."

One of the All-State awards was given to East Islip singles player, Karen Serina in the Division III, League III section. "I think it's wonderful that Karen and the rest of the girls were recognized for their accomplishments here tonight," said East Islip Coach, Mike Drozd. "Karen has been a big asset for our team all season long helping us get to the second round of the Suffolk team playoffs."

Katie Molina, who plays first singles for Copiague High School, was awarded All-League by the Coaches Association. "It feels really special to know that I'm among some of Suffolk County's elite players," said Molina. "This is such a nice place and it is so nice to be recognized."

The Annual Awards Dinner was the perfect way to cap off a great 2011 season of high school girls tennis in Suffolk County and Long Island Tennis Magazine congratulates all for their hard work over the past season.

Credit all photos to Anthony Pastecchi



Gary Simeone

<p>&nbsp;Gary Simeone is writing intern/public relations associate for <em>Long Island Tennis Magazine</em>.</p>