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Tennis Wins League Championship!

October 6, 2014
The girls celebrate their League Championship (Photo credit: Coach Crane)

The girls celebrate their League Championship (Photo credit: Coach Crane)

This afternoon, in a 7-0 sweep over Bellport, the girls tennis team claimed Stony Brook’s first League Championship of the 2014-15 school year. After finishing 3-9 a season ago, thoughts of a 10-0 start and an outright title against schools like Sachem East, Sachem North, Mt. Sinai, and Comsewogue seemed distant. As the smallest school in League VI, they would have to outwork and outthink their opponents, unable to simply rely on raw talent, and under the tutelage of first-year coach Jennifer Crane that’s exactly what they were able to do. A tennis practice under coach Crane is a model of efficiency; every drill and movement has a purpose. Every piece builds on another.

But for a team to excel, it cannot just be the coach who is dedicated and sacrificial. The players need to invest, and our girls were all in from the beginning. Their willingness to push themselves during runs up stadium stairs, to meet coach for individual instruction on chilly mornings, to place the team above themselves is what has made this such a special group.

The result of their dedication is the 5th League Championship in the 33-year history of the girls tennis program and the 148th League Championship in Stony Brook history. To celebrate the historic win the team took a detour to a local beach in Bellport and enjoyed a beautiful sunset.

Here are the results from today’s match:

Singles

1. Olivia Braat (6-2, 6-0)
2. Angela Wong (6-0, 6-0)
3. Ha Min Cho (6-3, 6-2)
4. Julia Braat (6-0, 6-0)
Doubles
1. Julie Wu/Jillian Ho (6-2, 6-3)
2. Jessie Xiao/Gracie Xie (6-1, 6-1)
3. Brianna Holochuck/Chelsea Garbe (6-1, 6-0)

Olivia played great singles as usual. Singles 2, 3, and 4 were particularly exciting to watch because these girls have honed aggressive net games in doubles and now have integrated those skills into their singles play. Many points were won at the net in these matches.

All of the doubles matches went quickly. They all were off the court in short order because they served, volleyed, and returned so well.
~ Coach Crane
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