Coming off a very solid season, the Huntington High School girls’ tennis team will look to keep its momentum going this fall. Practice kicks-off on Monday, August 22 and veteran head coach Jamie Fishlow hopes his players come ready to jump right into the sport.
The district refurbished the six courts at the Cuppernull Complex this summer. The work involved extensive resurfacing to address a series of cracks as well as repainting of the entire area, including all court lines. The nets are now back in place and the courts are once again being heavily used by community members.
Looking ahead to the coming season, the Blue Devils will return a majority of their varsity roster, including Abigail Bellistri, Maire Brown, Gabriella DeLuca, Cameron Fehrs, Camryn Libes, Theresa Moreno, Miranda Nykolyn, Emma Pipolo and Cloe Stevens.
Fishlow will be tasked with replacing Krista Angeliadis, Sophia Latt, Caroline Petrozzo and Emily Shutman, who earned All-County and All-State honors last year. All four players graduated this past June and have moved on to college.
The Blue Devils compiled an 8-2 mark in league play last fall to notch a second place finish in the standings. Huntington went 8-4 overall. Fishlow feels if the returnees put in time this summer on the courts, the team will be in a much stronger position than it was last fall and well-positioned to make a playoff run.
There isn’t any question that Huntington lost some talented athletes to graduation. Shutman was 11-0 in No. 1 singles during the regular season and went on to place second in Suffolk Division I and third overall in the county tournament to advance to the state finals. The teenager finished the season with an 18-4 record. Latt compiled a 9-4 mark in No. 2 singles.
When it comes to putting together the puzzle for 2016, Fishlow will need to find the right pieces quickly and set his lineup. Huntington hosts Longwood in a mandatory non-league crossover meet on September 1at 4 p.m. before traveling to Port Jefferson two days later for another required crossover match. Ten league meets will follow.
Some answers might come from last year’s junior varsity team, which compiled a record of 11-1 under head coach Eric Mininni. Christiana DeLuca finished with a perfect 12-0 record in No. 1 singles and Mia Breitbarth sparkled in No. 2 singles, going 10-2. Emma Grassi went 9-2 in No. 4 singles while the No. 1 doubles team of Christie Baade and Meagan-Elise Malone notched an 8-3 mark. Freshmen Ashlyn Case and Sara Frawley went 7-4 in doubles action.
Ashley Coleman, Jessica Cordes, Isabella McGinniss, Brianna Romersa and Lauren White rounded out the JV team’s talented and well-balanced roster.
Fishlow’s excited about the upcoming season and he can’t wait to start working with his retuning players. “We’re all looking to have a fun time,” he said.