| By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff


With the Suffolk County Individual Championships getting underway this weekend, which means the regular season has come to an end. Perhaps no team looked more impressive throughout the year than the Commack Cougars, who finished atop League I with an undefeated record of 12-0.

“We’ve had an incredible season so far. I am thankful to have a team of 18 hard-working, dedicated, driven and fun student-athletes who are also very compassionate and kind, and support each other and their school community,” said Commack head coach Jackie Clark. “We focus on one match at a time and never take any team for granted.”

That approach has led Commack to 12 consecutive wins this season and earned them the top-seed in the Section XI playoffs, which get underway on October 16.

Commack has a talented group of singles players at the top of its lineup, led by Emily Tannenbaum, Gabriela Glickstein and Valerie Slackman at first, second and third singles, respectively. But the team’s biggest strength might come from its overall depth which is highlighted in its doubles teams.

Emma Matz and Christine Kong anchor an experienced and tough doubles lineup for the Cougars, which also features Molly Gittleman and Khaya Sokol, and Kristen Chen and Victoria Pensier.

Despite its wealth of talent, the team’s greatest asset may actually be its chemistry, and the joy each player gets from competing with one another.

“Staying in the process and being mindful has been an important factor in our success. Every girl on the team has contributed to our success,” added Clark. “We have a lot of depth and a few top level players who have given us a big boost this season. We will continue to focus on one match at a time and enjoy postseason play.

I am extremely proud to coach this team.”

The Suffolk County playoffs begin on Monday. Click Here to see the bracket.