Girls Tennis Impressive Performance At States

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TennisStates_111815AManhasset varsity tennis players representing Section VIII continue winning momentum in post-season play in the New York State tournament.

On Oct. 17 and 18, three doubles teams were selected by Coach Eileen Cuneo to represent Manhasset Girls Tennis in the individual Nassau County Tournament at Eisenhower Park. Manhasset had the most teams entered of any other Nassau County school participating based on their undefeated season. As a result of their performance, teams would be selected to represent Section VIII in the State Tournament in Latham, NY, on Oct. 31 through Nov 2.

Coach Cuneo determined teams the Thursday prior to County Tournament; Amanda Foo and Lia Frankis, Kyleigh Harmon and Brooke DiGia and Alina Zhitnik and Grace Catlett would represent Manhasset. The doubles competition had over 40 teams competing from schools across all conferences in Section VIII.

TennisStates_111815BManhasset performed extremely well over the two day tournament: Harmon/DiGia earned All-County honors defeating a strong Syosset team in three sets and Zhitnik/Catlett won in straight sets. Foo and Frankis earned All-State honors coming in second with their only loss to the defending State Champions from Oyster Bay. Foo and Frankis would go on to represent Section VIII in the State Tournament.

During the New York State High School tournament in Latham, NY, all players from Nassau County had a strong showing by finishing first and third in both singles and doubles competition.
Manhasset’s Foo and Frankis, seeded 2, advanced three straight matches before falling in the semi-final round in a three set, very close match to a very strong Westchester County team of Campos and Ciano.

In the final day of the competition, Foo and Frankis sealed third place by defending the team of Pinchman and Luo from Rochester. An incredible accomplishment for these two talented players.
At the awards ceremony, Manhasset senior and cocaptain Amanda Foo was awarded the Section VIII Sportsmanship Award. This is an award given to a player who consistently demonstrates sportsmanship on and off the court. Girls Coordinator Shai Fischer states, “Amanda is a model citizen on the court and the level of care she exhibits off the court to the rest of the section is outstanding. She really exemplifies what a student-athlete should be.”

Coach Cuneo said, “Amanda and Lia played so well together throughout the County and the State tournament. I knew they would make a formidable duo, their individual style of play complements each other in a doubles format, their on court communication and perseverance is highly effective which created a dynamic doubles combination. An incredible wrap up of a fantastic season by a team that deserved the awards they earned.”

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