This year, 18 girls (six singles and 12 doubles) from Nassau and Suffolk County represented Long Island at the 2013 NYSPHSAA High School Tennis Championships, held at Tri City Tennis in Latham, N.Y. Long Island has done extremely well at States the past few years, as for the past two years, Long Island's top girls high school players have returned home with a State Singles Title (in 2011 it was Hannah Camhi of Syosset and in 2012, Vivian Cheng of Syosset). This year, the players were once again successful, but unfortunately no State title is coming back to the Island.
In singles, Aimee Manfredo (Shoreham-Wading River) was the most successful of the Island's representatives. Manfredo, the Suffolk County Singles Champion, was seeded third coming into the tournament and was very impressive in her first two matches as she didn't drop a set. In the quarterfinals, she faced fellow Long Islander Taylor Cosme of Herricks, the Nassau County Singles Champion, who was seeded sixth in the draw. It was a very hard fought battle, but in three sets Manfredo defeated Cosme 6-3, 6-7, 6-4. Fatigued from that match, Manfredo was unable to pull out a win against the second seeded Sabrina Barisano from the Ursuline School in New Rochelle, N.Y. in the semifinals and fell 1-6, 1-6. Barisano advanced to the finals, but finished runner-up to the eventual winner, the top-seeded Christina Sisti, also of the Ursuline School, 4-6, 6-2, 0-6.
In two more all-Long Island encounters, Alexandra Koniaev of Locust Valley defeated Jackie Buzkin of Eastport-South Manor in their first round match 7-6, 6-1, and Ester Chikvashvili of Half Hollow Hills East defeated Nicole Koskovolis of Manhasset 1-6, 7-6, 6-4. Chikvashvili lost in the quarterfinals to Barisano. Koniev was defeated by top seeded Christina Sisti in the second round.
Koskovolis and Bukzin both recovered from their opening round losses to perform well in the backdraw. In the backdraw finals, Koskovolis defeated Bukzin in the fourth All-Long Island match-up of the singles draw 8-6.
Two Long Island teams made it to the quarterfinals in the doubles draw. Syosset's Katie Cirella & Rhea Malhotra won their first two matches in straight sets before falling to the top-seeded team of Ekim Buyuk & Diana King of Rye Neck 2-6, 5-7. Port Washington's duo of Ally Linder & Liz Kallenberg won both their first and second round matches in straight sets as well. In the quarterfinals, they played valiantly before being defeated by the second seeds Alexa Goldberg & Tomo Iwasaki of Edgemont, 7-5, 7-5.
Brittany Burke & Hannah Eibeck of Garden City, Vanessa Scott & Allison Huber of Half Hollow Hills East, and Danah Han & Lauren Salzano of Half Hollow Hills West all advanced to the second round. The lone all-Long Island matchup saw Linder & Kallenberg defeat Han & Salzano in the second round 6-1, 6-3.
"The regular season exhibited some very competitive tennis throughout the entire county, which prepared the girls for individual and team postseason play," said Nassau County Girls Tennis Coordinator Shai Fisher. "The girls successful performance at the state tournament showed once again how dedicated and passionate they are about tennis and how committed they are to playing it at the high school level."
With the disappointing cancellation of the Long Island Championship match (Suffolk Team Champion vs. Nassau Team Champion) the 2013 girls season has come to a close. It was another great performance by Long Island junior players from both counties all season though.
Nassau County Girls Tennis Coordinator Shai Fisher with 2013 NYSPHSAA Singles Consolation Champion, Nicole Koskovolis of Manhasset
2013 NYSPHSAA Singles Consolation Champion, Nicole Koskovolis of Manhasset with Jackie Bukzin of Eastport-South Manor