It’s a season that the Huntington High School girls’ tennis team will always remember. The Blue Devils won the Suffolk League II title with a perfect 10-0 mark. Four players captured post-season honors after turning in stellar seasons.
Captained by Abigail Bellistri and Gabriella DeLuca, the 14 player squad was coached by Jamie Fishlow. Huntington finished with an overall record of 11-2 after dropping a 5-2 verdict to Bayport-Blue Point in the Suffolk team tournament.
“It was a close-knit team that responded well to coaching,” Fishlow said. “We stuck to the basics and it paid off in the end.”
Senior Theresa Moreno won
All-League tennis honors.
Bellistri, DeLuca and Theresa Moreno all garnered All-League honors. Leanne Daly won a county Sportsmanship Award. Fishlow was named League II Coach of the Year.
Bellistri teamed up with Mia Breitbarth in No. 1 and No. 2 doubles and the duo compiled a 9-3 record. DeLuca and Moreno played opposite Bellistri and Breitbarth and the pair went 10-1. Daly and Emma Pipolo formed a potent No. 3 doubles partnership, finishing the campaign with a 6-3 mark.
Maire Brown, Christina DeLuca, Cameron Fehrs and Isyss Jones held down the No. 1-4 singles positions. All four players will return next season.
Brown, DeLuca and Fehrs are all currently sophomores, so the trio has two more seasons of varsity play ahead of them. “They held their own this year,” Fishlow said. “I’m looking forward to the future with this lineup.”
Isyss is an exceptionally skilled eighth grader who lost just once in 12 matches. “She’s an up and comer and gained experience every match,” Fishlow said.
The longtime coach, who is retiring as a high school physical education teacher next June, but continuing as the Blue Devils’ varsity boys’ and girls’ tennis coach, praised Huntington’s starting doubles players. “They improved in all areas of doubles, including their skills and strategies,” Fishlow said. “They all won some big matches when we needed it most.”
The team also included Jessica Cordes, Miranda Nykolyn, Kiera Striano and Christie Baade. Kayla Ryan was the Blue Devils’ manager.
“We have a very young team with no seniors next year,” Fishlow said. “We’ll be moving up to a higher league and we’ll be working hard to improve the skills of the returning varsity and JV members.”
Blue Devil Notes: Christiana DeLuca went 8-7 in tough No. 2 singles . . . Four of Huntington’s victories were by 4-3 scores . . . The Blue Devils’ only loss of the fall came in the first meet, a non-league match the team dropped to Longwood, 4-3 . . . The only shutout of the season came against Northport, 7-0 . . . Four of Huntington’s victories came by 5-2 margins and two wins were by 6-1.