Sophomore Emma Grassi served up aces for the Huntington High School junior varsity girls’ tennis team this fall, pacing the Blue Devils to an 8-2 record.
Grassi compiled a 6-3 mark in No. 1 singles and sophomore Ashlyn Case finished 7-2 in No. 2 singles. Sophomores Sara Frawley and Meagan-Elise Malone both went 5-3 in the No. 3 and No. 4 singles slots, respectively.
“Emma has a wicked serve and if she is on is very difficult to beat,” said Eric Mininni, Huntington’s head coach. “Ashlyn is one of the hardest working players on the team. Sara is very reliable. She just comes and does whatever is asked of her. Megan is a skilled player who has a lot of potential.”
The Blue Devils defeated Northport (6-1 and 6-1), Kings Park (6-1 and 5-2), Smithtown West (5-2 and 4-3) and Amityville (5-2 and 6-1). The Blue Devils dropped a pair of matches to Walt Whitman, 4-3 and 5-2.
“This was a hardworking group of girls,” Mininni said. “They were willing to help each other out in any way possible. They really bonded well and it made for a fun year.”
The highlight of the season came when Huntington nipped Smithtown West on the Bulls home courts. “Every match was close,” Mininni said. The last two matches of the meet went to tie-breakers and the Blue Devils won both of them.
Like any junior varsity team, next year is a question mark at this point. “I feel as though many of my girls will be able to step it up and contribute to the varsity team,” Mininni said.