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Long Islanders Win at Doubles in State Tourney

Doubles Champs Sha and Wilkins
Courtney Kowalsky won third place in singles
November 1, 2016 02:25 PM
Suffolk team at States
Nassau team at States
Nassau team joined by Girls' Coordinator Shai Fisher
Girls' Coordinator Shai Fisher presents Kowalsky with Sportsmanship Award

The doubles team of Calista Sha & Morgan Wilkins won first place at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association tournament this past weekend at Sound Shore Tennis in Port Chester. The Sha & Wilkins win marks the third year in a row that the doubles title has been won by a Long Island pair. In 2015 and 2014, Oyster Bay’s Courtney Kowalsky & Celeste Matute were the doubles champions.

Kowalsky won third place in singles action at this year’s State Tournament, defeating Nassau County Singles Champ Merri Kelly Hannity of Cold Spring Harbor, who came in fourth place. Kowalsky also won the Nassau County Sportsmanship award at the tournament.

Sha & Wilkins were part of a very successful Friends Academy team this season. In addition to becoming State Champions, the pair also were Nassau County Champions. The Friends team was not only the Nassau County Champion in 2016 but also won the Inaugural Long Island High School Tennis Executive Cup, defeating Suffolk County Champion Commack High School.  This new event was sponsored by the USTA Long Island Region.

The USTA Long Island Region was pleased to provide team sweatshirts for all Nassau and Suffolk participants at States.

Please click for the NYSPHSAA singles draw and doubles draw, and here for a video interview with Sha & Wilkins.