The Manhasset Indians came up one match short in the 2013 Nassau County Girls Tennis championship, falling to the Port Washington Vikings 4-3. This year, the girls from top-seeded Manhasset would not be denied, defeating the second-seeded Bulldogs of Roslyn 5-2 on Friday afternoon to capture the Nassau County Conference I Championship.
“I am incredibly proud of each and every one of these girls,” said Manhasset Head Coach Eileen Cuneo. “They worked hard all season.”
This year’s Manhasset team looked vastly different than the one that reached the Nassau County title match a year ago. Seven players graduated from last year’s team, opening the door for a crop of new players.
“It was clear from the beginning that the team was dedicated, and willing to work, and had a common goal,” said Cuneo. “This team just came together from the beginning, they knew what they had to do, adjusted when they need to and supported each other throughout every match. They became close both on and off the court.”
Manhasset’s Amanda Foo, a junior, knocked off Marissa Luchs of Roslyn 6-4, 6-3 to clinch the match for the Indians. Foo’s teammates had swept the first three doubles matches, and celebrated on the court with Foo once her match had ended.
The county title is the first for the Manhasset program since 1988, according to Cuneo.
“It was an amazing feeling,” said Cuneo. “Twenty-six years is a long time.”
Along with Foo’s win at first singles, Madeline Clinton won her match at third singles in straight sets 6-4, 6-3.
The strong play came from the Manhasset doubles teams, who won three of the four matches on the afternoon, all in straight sets. Courtney Connors paired up with Lei Frankis for a 6-2, 6-4 win at first doubles, while Alina Zhitnik and Kyleigh Harmon won by the same score at second doubles.
Rounding out the Manhasset victories was the team of Grace Catlett & Yuhan Wang who cruised to a 6-2, 6-1 win at third doubles.
Manhasset wraps up the season at 15-1 overall, while Roslyn finishes the 2014 campaign at 12-4.
Brian Coleman is the Senior Editor for Long Island Tennis Magazine. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.