| By Brian Coleman

The unbelievable 2015 season for the Commack Girls Tennis team continued this week, as eighth-grader Kimberly Liao won the Suffolk County Division I Individual Tennis Tournament, beating Huntington’s Emily Shutman 6-0, 6-3 in the finals at Smithtown East High School.

“Kimberly is one of the most disciplined, dedicated and determined players that I have ever met. She is mature beyond her years,” said Commack Head Coach Jackie Clark. “Her work ethic is tremendous and she is a true team player who always goes above and beyond to support her teammates. Most importantly, she demonstrates honesty and integrity. I am so proud of her.”

Along with Liao, Jackie Guidice will also represent undefeated Commack in the county tournament. Guidice finished fourth in the Division I tournament, falling to Hills East’s Stephanie Chikvashvili in the third-place match.

In the Division II finals, Sayville’s Hannah Niggemeier knocked off Islip’s Maddie Germano 6-2, 6-2 to win, while top-seeded Sadhana Sridhar of Stony Brook beat second-seeded Rachel Collins of Port Jefferson 6-2, 6-1 for the Division III title.

Eastport-South Manor’s Jackie Bukzin won the final eight games of her Division IV final against Floyd’s Emily Fernandez to win 6-2, 6-0.

The Suffolk County tournament begins this Saturday, Oct. 17 at William Floyd High School. 

Brian Coleman

Brian Coleman is the Senior Editor for Long Island Tennis Magazine. He may be reached at brianc@usptennis.com