| By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff
Friends Academy's Isabella Sha advanced to the county singles final where she will play Hewlett's Rachel Arbitman.


The top singles and doubles players from Nassau County gathered at Eisenhower Park this weekend for the Girls’ Individual Championships.

After playing the opening rounds on Saturday, the semifinals and finals were slated for Sunday morning. The matches began and three of the four semifinals were completed with the fourth still in the middle of the second set before the rain began to fall. From there, play was suspended and will resume this coming Saturday, April 17 at Eisenhower Park.

In the first singles semifinal, Hewlett senior Rachel Arbitman defeated North Shore’s Ava Scordo 6-0, 6-0 to once again advance to the county singles final.

“It feels awesome knowing that I made it to the finals of the county tournament for the fourth time,” said Arbitman. “I’ve been playing extremely well and I’m excited for the final match next Saturday!”

Awaiting Arbitman in the finals is sophomore Isabella Sha of Friends Academy, who will look to defeat two Hewlett Bulldogs in a row after prevailing against freshman Nyla Gershfeld in her semifinal on Sunday.

The top-seeded duo of Dasha Perfiliev & Ellie Ross of Port Washington secured their spot in the county final by beating Roslyn’s Anika Tolat & Ava Veneziano 6-2, 6-1.

Ellie Ross & Dasha Perfiliev advanced to the county doubles final after winning their semifinal on Sunday. 


“I’m so happy that despite the unique circumstances of this year, Dasha and I have the opportunity to compete in Counties,” said Ross. “We have been looking forward to this tournament and playing together and we are proud of how we have played together.”

Ross discussed how the two have developed chemistry together on the doubles court.

“One of our key components in this tournament has been that we can set each other up for success. I love hitting heavy, deep lobs which are difficult for the opponent to return, which allows Dasha to finish the point with a volley,” she added. “We are so excited for Saturday’s Final and cannot wait to play!”

The two will have to wait to figure out who it will play in the finals as the second semifinal could not be finished before the rain arrived. Syosset’s Alexa Brecher & Rachel Lin won the opening set 7-5 over the Manhasset duo of Diane Durante & Evangelina Vases, and second set was all even at two when play was suspended. That match will resume Saturday before the finals.

Alexa Brecher & Rachel Lin are a few games away from the county doubles final. 


“We are so happy to have made it to the semifinals in our first time as partners, and I’m really proud of how Alexa and I are working together and supporting each other on the court,” said Lin.

Brecher added:

I am so proud of Rachel and I for making it to semis because not only did we support each other the whole time but we also never gave up even when we were down.”

Diane Durante & Evangelina Vases will look to comeback from a set down in their semifinal match on Saturday. 


The championships will resume on Saturday at 8:00 a.m. The team tournament continues this week, as Syosset plays Hewlett in one semifinal, while Roslyn awaits the winner of Jericho versus Port Washington in the other semifinal.