Syosset's Vivian Cheng adds state tennis title to resume
Vivian Cheng played varsity tennis for Syosset her freshman year, took two seasons off and returned to play as a senior this fall.
Although she has only two seasons of varsity experience, her tennis resume reads as if she played for all four.
Cheng won a Long Island team title with Syosset her freshman year, led the Braves to a Nassau title last month, and Monday added a state individual singles championship to her list of accomplishments.
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Cheng beat Great Neck South senior Nicholle Torres, 7-5, 6-1, in the final in Latham, N.Y., becoming the second straight Syosset player to win the state singles title. Hannah Camhi won the title last year.
"It feels great, especially winning my last high school tournament, even though I didn't play the last two years," said Cheng, the Nassau singles runner-up this season. "I didn't want to come in second and definitely wanted to redeem myself from the counties."
In the final, Cheng and Torres were on serve through the first eight games of the first set. Torres then broke Cheng to go ahead 5-4. Cheng said she picked it up after that and took the next three games, including two breaks, to win the set 7-5. In the second, Cheng remained on the attack to clinch the title.
"I became more aggressive, hit my serve a little harder and that helped me a lot," Cheng said. "I just had to be consistent and keep a lot of balls in."
Said Torres: "The first set was extremely close . . . every point was extremely long. She was on the entire [second] set and she played amazing, but I feel like I did my best and have no regrets."
Garden City's Alexa Graham beat Claire Minnoe from Auburn, 6-0, 6-1, to earn third place in singles.
Hewlett's Gabby Leon and Veronika Paikin took fourth place in doubles after losing their third-place match to Keishorea Armstrong and Mitali Das from Emma Willard in Troy, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4.
Cassidy and Jessie Cruz from New Rochelle won the doubles title for the second year in a row.