2012 All-Long Island girls tennis
Meet the 2012 All-Long Island girls tennis, selected by Newsday's Ian Cutler, in alphabetical order.
LONG ISLAND PLAYER OF THE YEAR: VIVIAN CHENG
Cheng returned to the team after a two-year absence and won the state singles championship, beating Nicholle Torres of Great Neck South in the finals, 7-5, 6-1. She also had a 16-1 record at first singles and led the Braves to their fourth consecutive Nassau and Long Island title.
Garden City, Freshman
Graham won the Nassau singles championship, upsetting Syosset’s Vivian Cheng in the finals, 7-6 (1), 6-2. She reached the state semifinals and also helped lead Garden City to the Nassau playoffs after the team won just two matches the year before.
Half Hollow Hills East, Junior
Amanda Luper and Huber won the Suffolk doubles championship and also helped lead Hills East, undefeated in Suffolk play, to its second consecutive county team title.
Veronika Paikin and Leon won their second consecutive county championship, beating Morgan Herrmann and Brittany Burke of Garden City, 4-6, 6-1, 7-5, and reached the state semifinals.
Half Hollow Hills East, Senior
Allison Huber and Luper won the Suffolk doubles championship and also helped lead Hills East, undefeated in Suffolk play, to its second consecutive county team title.
Gabriella Leon and Paikin won their second consecutive county championship, beating Morgan Herrmann and Brittany Burke of Garden City, 4-6, 6-1, 7-5, and reached the state semifinals.
SUFFOLK PLAYER OF THE YEAR: ZENAT RASHIDZADA
Hills West, Senior
Rashidzada won the Suffolk singles title, beating Aimee Manfredo of Shoreham-Wading River in the finals, 1-6, 6-3, 6-2. That win earned her a second straight appearance at the state championships. Rashidzada also led Hills West to a 15-3 record and an appearance in the county championship match against Hills East.
Great Neck South, Senior
Torres earned her third trip to the state championships and finished second in singles.
COACH OF THE YEAR: LARRY LEVANE
From left: Amanda Luper - Half Hollow Hills East, Nicholle Torres - Great Neck South, Alexa Graham - Garden City, Vivian Cheng - Syosset (Long Island Player of the Year), Gabriella Leon - Hewlett, Veronika Paikin - Hewlett and Zenat Rashidzada - Half Hollow Hills West (Suffolk Player of the Year). Missing from photo: Allison Huber - Half Hollow Hills East and Larry Levane - Syosset Head Coach. (Dec. 12, 2012)
Garden City's Morgan Herrmann is among those on the second team. You can view the entire 2012 All-Long Island girls tennis team here.