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Students Commit To Play Tennis In College

Oyster Bay resident Danielle Giannetti and Locust Valley residents James Blatchly and Dylan Appel committed to play collegiate tennis. They were recently recognized by the United States Tennis Association of Eastern Long Island (USTA) with a celebration at the Knights of Columbus with other local students.

“An event like this was well overdue,” said Clark D. Kuiz, USTA member who spearheaded the event. “We wanted to commemorate how strong our region is on a tennis standpoint as well as recognize high school seniors that are committed to playing tennis.”

The students from high schools all over Long Island were able to gather in one area and talk about their tennis experiences and college expectations. Some students who are attending the same college in the fall had the opportunity to meet.

Appel will be attending Fairfield University, and Blatchly will be attending SUNY Oneonta.

Giannetti, who will be attending Skidmore College, was delighted to be recognized for her hard work.

“I feel honored to be recognized,” said Giannetti. “I’ve been playing tennis since I was 12 years old. In school, I played tennis from 7th through 10th grade, and I had a high ranking. Beginning college is exciting.”

The students were commemorated by getting their name and college that they will be attending announced. Each student also received a USTA sweater to remember the occasion.