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OVERTIME SPORTS ARTICLE
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10/29/2019
2019 NYSPHSAA Girls Tennis Championship Preview


Author: Danielle Breen, Intern


2019 NYSPHSAA GIRLS TENNIS STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS RETURNS
TO LATHAM FOR THE SIXTH TIME
By Danielle Breen, Intern

The NYSPHSAA Girls Tennis State Championship will return to Tri-City Fitness, a privately-owned and operated 12-court indoor facility in Latham (Section 2), for the sixth time in the last seven years.

The State Tournament begins Saturday, November 2nd with matches starting at 9:00 am. On Sunday, November 3rd the Quarterfinals and Semifinals will be played with the first match starting at 9:00 am. At 9:00 am on Monday, November 4th the singles and doubles finals will be played in addition to the 3rd and 4th place matches. For the finals, a small gallery of chairs will be available for spectators to view the matches. Admission is free all three days of the Championship.

Hosting this event is nothing new for Tri-City and in preparation for this event, they resurfaced all 12 courts over the last two years. The club plans to bring in a food vendor for athletes and fans. The club, which is less than six miles from the NYSPHSAA headquarters, has also made arrangements for additional parking to accommodate buses and fan cars.

“Tri City Fitness takes great pride in being the host of the NYSPHSAA Girls Tennis Championships,” said Joe Clemente, President of Tri-City. “Our facility and personnel are second to none when it comes to hosting events like this. We’ve hosted several USTA Jr. National events throughout the year so our experience will make this tournament run in the most professional manner.”

Tri-City staff instructor Andy Schecter is the liaison to the NYSPHSAA staff helping plan and run the event. Four years ago he was named USTA Tournament Director of the Year.

The tournament will see 96 athletes compete in 74 matches to determine the top player and doubles team in the State.  This is the 39th year NYSPHSAA has conducted its girls tennis state tournament which includes a long run of 14 consecutive years at the Eastside Racquet Club in Manlius (Section III).

“The NYSPHSAA Girls State Tennis Championships are the pinnacle of the season for our memberships’ athletes from across the state with each participating section sending its top three singles and doubles reps to compete,” said Girls Tennis Coordinator Chris Horgan. “The Tri-City Tennis Club is a wonderful venue for our tournament as it is a topnotch facility with twelve courts with great lighting and ample viewing for spectators to enjoy the 74 matches that will be played over three days.  Historically, the NYSPHSAA tournament features exceptionally talented players, including many who have gone on to top college programs and some who have played on the WTA tour, so fans will have a great opportunity to see high level tennis each day of the event.  Competitors will hopefully have an experience that they can treasure for a lifetime”

Last year, Rachel Arbitman of Hewlett (Section VIII) won the singles championship while Vanessa Ciano and Laina Campos of Urusline (Section I) teamed for the doubles title for the second year in a row.

 

Returning this year is the 2017 singles state champion Julia Andreach. Her win in 2017 made her the first player from section 5 to win a girls title in the sport. Now a senior, the Lady of Mercy athlete is looking to claim her second state title.

Championship Weekend Schedule:
Sat., November 2: 9:00am Start

First Round Singles Matches
First Round Doubles Matches
Second Round Singles Matches
Second Round Doubles Matches

Sun., November 3:  9:00am Start
Singles Quarterfinals
Doubles Quarterfinals
Singles Semifinals
Doubles Semifinals
Singles Playoffs 5th – 8th
Doubles Playoffs 5th – 8th

Mon., November 4:  9:00am Start
NYSPHSAA Singles Championship
NYSPHSAA Doubles Championship
Playoff for Singles 3rd/4th Place
Playoff for Doubles 3rd/4th Place
Playoff for Singles 5th/6th Place
Playoff for Doubles 5th/6th Place
Playoff for Singles 7th/8th Place
Playoff for Doubles 7th/8th Place