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Christina Cali's win gives Floyd girls tennis title

William Floyd celebrates their victory over Half Hollow

William Floyd celebrates their victory over Half Hollow Hills East with a tiebreaker victory by Christina Cali on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. Credit: George A. Faella

Floyd's Kelci Henn tweeted in celebration Wednesday, "#ThirdTimesTheCharm."

So was the third set, actually. That's when Christina Cali rallied to win the deciding fourth-singles match, lifting Floyd to a 4-3 upset of Half Hollow Hills East as it captured its first Suffolk girls tennis championship at Smithtown East.

"I'm extremely proud of this team," Floyd coach Dave Pia said. "And to beat Hills, a perennial power, makes it even more special."

Top-seeded Hills East had won three straight titles and topped No. 2 Floyd in last year's final. The Colonials also lost to them, 4-3, earlier this season. But the third time was, in fact, the charm. Cali overcame a 2-3 deficit in the third set to beat Gabrielle Raziel, 6-1, 5-7, 6-4.

"Christina never beats herself and she can handle pressure situations," Pia said of the senior. Henn and Lisa Lin won, 6-2, 6-1, as Floyd (19-1) swept the doubles matches. Hills East (19-1) won the first three singles matches.

"The girs have progressed and we've been building toward this," Pia said of his team, which reached the semifinals in 2012. "To finally win it, it's a huge thrill."

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