Written by Dr. David Dorman Friday, 13 November 2009 00:00
The 2009 girl’s varsity tennis season began in late August with modest hopes for a winning season. What followed was a remarkable run to a division championship, an 11-1 league record, and advancement to the Conference II championship match. That the team fell short, losing to Plainview by the score of 4-3, in no way diminished the thrills and excitement of the fantastic journey of this year’s team.
After winning the first two matches, the team lost a close 4-3 match to Oyster Bay. At that moment, their record stood at two wins and one loss. The girls then proceeded to reel off nine straight victories en route to completing their 11 -1 regular season record, and a divisional title – their first since 2000. A playoff win (5-2) on the MHS home courts against South Side set the stage for the Championship match against Plainview. That match was played at Garden City HS, was suspended due to darkness, and was completed at Jericho HS three days later.
The overall success of this year’s team was nothing short of a total team effort. Singles players Emily Lattner, Kaitlin Miller, and eighth grader Nicole Koskovolis found themselves matched against outstanding competition in every match and they never failed to play strong, smart tennis. High school tennis matches often depend on having solid doubles teams. This year’s Manhasset team had just that. Three of the four doubles teams (1st doubles: Caroline Dunn and Christina Longo; 2nd doubles: Christina George and eighth grader Courtney DiGia; 3rd doubles: Lizzie Kreitmam and Charlotte Burch) played so well that they each earned all-division honors. Speaking of honors, Emily Lattner and Kaitlin Miller earned all-county and all-state honors at this year’s Sec. VIII tennis tournament. In addition, by virtue of a season of consistently high-level play against consistently high-level opposition, Emily Lattner, Kaitlin Miller, and Nicole Koskovolis were selected for all-conference honors. The girls playing at 4th doubles (Christina Batalias, Julia Boylan, Alina Brugal, Tierney Flynn, Alexa Lopez, Victoria Kapovic ) also contributed to the outstanding success enjoyed by the team.
While several members of the team will be graduating in June, many of this year’s team will be returning next year. At that time they will be joined by new members – this year’s JV tennis team was undefeated – and the resurgence of Manhasset girls tennis will continue.