| By Gary Simeone
Photo credit: Gary Simeone

The Friends Academy Girls Tennis team looked strong Monday afternoon, as they held home court against a visiting Wheatley team 6-1 on a windy afternoon. The Quakers had already beaten Wheatley 5-2 earlier in the season, and looked dominant on their home court winning two of their singles matches and all four of their doubles.

Friends’ second singles player, Morgan Wilkins and third singles player, Calista Sha made quick work of their opponents, as Morgan won her match 6-,1 6-0, and Calista won 6-0, 6-1.

Sha, who is an Eighth grader, said she felt like she played pretty well in her match and hopes her team makes it in the playoffs this season.

"We are very close to one another like a family on this team," said Sha. "I hope we keep going and make the playoffs and continue winning."

Wilkins said she felt confident in her game and that confidence helped key her win.

"I try not to get too down on myself if I lose a point and try to stay positive out there," said Wilkins. "I also felt like I handled the wind very well today."

In first doubles, the Friends Academy team of Marina Hilbert & Devika Kedia defeated Wheatley’s Jillian Breslin & Maddy D'Ambrosia 6-0, 7-5. In second doubles, Elisabeth Quick & Sasha Levin defeated Wheatley’s Stephanie Buchheim & Courtney Schwartz 6-1, 6-1, and in third doubles, it was the team of Gabby Bloom & Jackie Walzer for Friends Academy defeating Sabrina Lee & Dani Krueger 6-4, 7-6. Wrapping things up in fourth doubles, it was Danielle Kahn & Jessie Friedman winning their match with a 6-4 third set victory.

Wheatley's first singles player, Ashley Lessen, gave Wheatley its lone victory on the day with a straight-set win over Julia Ciardullo, 6-1, 6-4.

Even though the Quakers were dominant in their victory and stand at 6-2 in their conference, Head Coach Brian Baxter said that they cannot take any team for granted.

"Nassau County Girls Tennis is one of the top areas in the state, so we really cannot have an off day against any team," said Baxter. "Our goal is to just get better with each match, and ideally from here on out, we'd like to run the table and make it into the playoffs."

Friends Academy will host North Shore High School on Wednesday at 4:00 p.m.





Gary Simeone

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