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Long Islanders Take First Place at States

Long Islanders Take First Place at States

Long Island high school tennis players took home the gold in singles and doubles at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) Tennis Championships which took place in Latham, NY during the first weekend in November.

Half Hollow Hills East High School’s Ester Chikvashvili (a junior who will be graduating this year) won the state singles title, while Oyster Bay’s Courtney Kowalsky & Celeste Matute won the doubles crown. Chikvashvili, the fifth seed, defeated third-seeded Tomo Iwasaki of Edgemont High School in the finals. Herricks’ Taylor Cosme came in third and medaled, as did Alex Koniaev of Locust Valley HS, who took fourth place in a match against fellow Long Islander Jackie Bukzin from Eastport-South Manor.  In the doubles final, Kowalsky & Matute defeated Sydney Kaplan & Courtney Ollis of Suffern. As they had done all tournament long, the Oyster Bay pair did not lose a set, winning the championship 6-4, 6-4.

The complete team representing Nassau and Suffolk Counties was: Shanice Arthur (Jericho), Jackie Bukzin (Eastport-South Manor), Ester Chikvashvili (Half Hollow Hills East), Stephanie Chikvashvili (Half Hollow Hills East), Katie Cirella (Syosset), Madeline Clinton (Manhasset), Taylor Cosme (Herricks), Amanda Foo (Manhasset), Danah Han (Half Hollow Hills West), Kelci Henn (William Floyd), Alex Koniaev (Locust Valley), Courtney Kowalsky (Oyster Bay), Lisa Lin (William Floyd), Risha Malhotra (Syosset), Celeste Matute (Oyster Bay), Courtney Provan  (Half Hollow Hills West), Vanessa Scott (Half Hollow Hills East) and Nikaylah Williams (Half Hollow Hills West).

Congratulations to all the girls on a very successful run at states this year.




1) Amanda Foo, Madeline Clinton, Risha Malhotra , Taylor Cosme, , Celeste Matute, Alex Koniaev, Courtney Kowalsky & Katie Cirella



2) Taylor Cosme, Celeste Matute, Courtney Kowalsky and Alex Koniaev



3) NYS Champions: Singles, Ester Chikvashvili, and Doubles, Celeste Matute and Courtney Kowalsky



4) Nassau County Team: Shai Fisher (coach), Shanice Arthur, Taylor Cosme, Alex Koniaev, Amanda Foo, Madeline Clinton, Katie Cirella, Risha Malhotra, Courtney Kowalsky and Celeste Matute



5) State Officials presenting the award to the Doubles Champions Celeste Matute and Courtney Kowalsky



6) Long Island Team at States, wearing sweatshirts provided by the USTA Long Island Region Board