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Tennis Stars Dominate In Conference Play

Jessica Sickles Player of the Year; Alex Bentz top rookie

Two Massapequa freshmen, tennis stars at Farmingdale State College, have just completed their easy conquest of the Skyline Conference.

Jessica Sickles has been named Player of the Year for 2011, while Alex Bentz is the Skyline Conference’s Rookie of the Year.

The honors culminated a remarkably successful season for the two Massapequa High School alumna.

Competing as a #1 player, Ms. Sickles finished the 2011 campaign with a 6-0 record in Conference Play and a 10-3 record overall.

In doubles competition, Ms. Sickles continued her top-notch play, going 5-1 in first doubles in conference play and 8-5 overall. In November, Jessica was named Player of the Week. Ms. Sickles’ success at FSC simply continues the dominance she enjoyed at Massapequa High School where she was named All-State, All-County, and All-Division.

For Ms. Bentz, 2011 was also a banner year. Playing #2 singles, she had a perfect 13-0 overall record, including a 6-0 mark in conference play.

Playing second doubles scene, Ms. Bentz scored an 11-2 record overall and a 4-2 mark in conference play.

Other members of the Skyline Conference’s first team include Gabrielle Murphy-Goldberg and Emily Gregory of Mount Saint Mary, Gabriella Marden and Moriah Ormsby of Purchase, and Nancy Marroquin of St. Joseph’s-L.I. Second-team members include Kristina Rossano of Farmingdale State, Jen Gregory of Mount Saint Mary, Ariel Zeig of NYU-Poly, Melissa Siller of Purchase, Isabella Pericone of The Sage Colleges, and Katelyn Dorsey of St. Joseph’s-L.I. Coach of the Year is Lorraine Brady, Mount Saint Mary, while Tournament MVP was Gabriela Murphy-Goldberg, Mount Saint Mary. Ms. Brady and Ms. Murphy-Goldberg lead  the Knights to their third consecutive Skyline Conference title. The Sage Colleges won the Team Sportsmanship Award.

In tournament play, Farmingdale State fell 5-3 in a hard fought match against the Golden Eagles in a recent Skyline Semifinal match held at St. John the Baptist High School. The Rams season ends with an 8-5 record.  In tournament action, Ms. Bentz was a factor in two of Farmingdale State’s three points, while Ms. Sickles scored a point for the Rams in the #1 spot with a 6-1, 6-3 victory.  Ms. Bentz and Liliya Dyakiv of Shirley won 8-4 at second doubles.

At Farmingdale State, Ms. Bentz is majoring in nursing, while Ms. Sickles, since 2008, volunteers teaching tennis for the Special Olympics.

With a great season behind him, Farmingdale State fans can look forward to several more years of top-ranked tennis from both young athletes as they hope also to lead the Rams to championship glory.