Written by Record Pilot Staff Thursday, 21 November 2013 00:00
Portledge School in Locust Valley is celebrating the girls varsity tennis squad who finished the season on top, winning both the Private School Athletic Association and Independent Private and Parochial Athletic League titles.
The first challenge was a winner-take-all match to decide the P.S.A.A. finals against Staten Island Academy at the West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills, Queens on Nov. 1. At first singles, sophomore Dominique Wojnarowski plated the very tough Jillian Autari. Wojnarowski had lost to Autari twice during the regular season, but this time, Wojnarowski played the best she has played this season. Her dominant cross court shots and patience led her to a victory 6-0, 6-2.
At second singles, junior Julia Khan had an extremely hard fought battle against Ilana Levich, and Khan ended up on top with the 6-4, 6-4 win. Playing in the number three singles position, sophomore Adele Sukhov had no trouble this time against Sophia Wyne, beating her 6-4, 6-1.
In doubles, sophomore Haya Sheeline and ninth-grader Dasha Dlin had their revenge on Eva Barrels and Alice Harrison, beating them 6-3, 6-3. Juniors Sarah Sklar and Grace Keogh played second doubles against Megan Shkolyar and Eman
Samma. Portledge won the first set 6-1, but then lost the second set 4-6. They played a super tiebreaker to decide their match, but lost 7-10. The final score was 4-1 in favor of Portledge.
Three days later the Panthers were back at the West Side Tennis Club to face Kew Forest for the I.P.P.S.A.L. championship. At first singles, Wojnarowski defeated Aleena Beydoun 8-0. Sukhov found herself down 4-7 against Grace Tom at second singles. However, Sukhov had an amazing comeback and won in the tiebreaker 9-8 (10-7). Dlin stepped in at third singles and took care of Celeste Conception 8-3. In doubles, team captain Sklar paired up with Sheeline and swept
Elena Gaone and Sophia Rubin 8-0. At second doubles, Taylor Stephens and Leah Zafra made quick work of Celia D’Amato and Lexi 8-2. The 5-0 sweep was a great way to cap off an amazing season for the 2013 Portledge girls tennis.
Athletics Director Phil Hills says, “The success of Varsity Girls Tennis at Portledge has become a very consistent thing. It seems as if the moment a strong player graduates and goes off to NCAA play, new players come along and emerge.”
The two titles secured this fall are the 18th and 19th league championships won by Portledge Varsity Girls Tennis in the last 25 years; it is the first time, however, that the Lady Panthers have held the top spot simultaneously in both of the leagues they compete in.