In a meet that went down to the wire, the Huntington High School girls tennis team nipped John H. Glenn, 4-3 to win the Suffolk League II team championship with a 10-0 record.
The Blue Devils’ No. 1 doubles duo of Kristin Walsh and Mary Sheehan won the deciding match, 6-7 (7-5), 6-4, 7-5 to clinch the league title. Coached by Jamie Fishlow, Huntington features an impressive cast of players this fall. The team is headed to the Section XI team playoffs after finishing first in league play.
While Huntington dropped four non-league meets, it was perfect in the matches that mean the most, defeating John H. Glenn, Walt Whitman, Northport, Hauppauge and Kings Park in home and away contests. The Blue Devils’ losses came at the hands of Smithtown East, Smithtown West, Half Hollow Hills East and Harborfields.
The battle with John H. Glenn was Huntington’s closest league meet of the season. Junior Emily Shutman easily won in No. 1 singles to finish the regular season undefeated in league competition and 12-2 overall. The teenager is seeded No. 3 in this week’s Suffolk Division I tournament.
Junior No. 2 singles Sophia Latt and senior No. 3 singles Lana Ziegler enjoyed fine seasons. The team also benefited from the strong play of sophomores Abby Bellestri and Gabby DeLuca in No. 2 doubles.
The meet at John H. Glenn was a nail biter, with Walsh and Sheehan needing to rebound after dropping the first set in a tiebreaker.
“That victory made the title that much sweeter,” Fishlow said about the thrilling No. 1 doubles match.
Huntington’s well-balanced lineup has also relied upon the sharp play of Hanna Murphy, Hillary Hardardt, Caroline Petrozzo, Krista Angeliadis, Miranda Nykolyn Theresa Moreno and Hailey Giordano.
The Blue Devils are captained by Walsh, Sheehan and Ziegler.
“The team is very proud of our work this season,” Sheehan said.
Huntington topped Northport in the penultimate league meet on Senior Day at the Ron Cuppernull Tennis Complex located on the north side of the high school campus. In addition to Walsh, Sheehan and Ziegler, the Blue Devil senior players included Hardardt, Giordano and Murphy.