The J. Taylor Finley Middle School girls’ tennis team was a powerhouse this fall, compiling an 8-2 record.
Coached by Eric Triolo, the Falcons’ lineup featured many sensational players. Co-captain eighth graders Jillian Loturco and Alyson Baker held down the No. 1 and No. 2 singles positions, respectively and both went 8-2 against a series of very tough opponents.
“Jillian is a great player with a great attitude,” Triolo said. “When she is trailing in matches she always fights back.”
Baker shined, too. “Alyson is a powerful, athletic player and a great leader,” Triolo said. “She came to play every day.”
All eight Finley victories came by 7-0 shutout scores. The Falcons turned back Hauppauge (7-0 and 7-0), Elwood (7-0 and 7-0), Stimson (7-0 and 7-0), Northport (7-0) and East Northport (7-0). The team dropped matches to Commack (6-1) and Oldfield (7-0).
“It was a wonderful hardworking team that improved throughout the season,” Triolo said. “This team was a lot of fun to coach and I will the eighth graders.”
Finley enjoyed a lopsided court advantage by winning 57 of 70 matches over the course of its 10 meet schedule.
Loturco and Baker were joined in the singles lineup by Reagan Sansivero and Ainsley Proctor, who also both went 8-2. The doubles team of Molly Fallon and Anna Bell Young compiled an 8-2 mark. Emily Geller and Carleigh Tracy won eight of nine doubles matches. Sabeena Ali and Hanna Richmond were 4-2 as a doubles duo.
“We have six seventh graders who will return next year,” Triolo said. “I expect the six girls to compete for singles positions. Anna Bell Young is the top player returning. She played first doubles this year. I also expect big years from McKenna Buffa and Katherine Balm.”