It was the best performance by a Matz in October since last season’s World Series.
Commack’s Emma Matz, younger cousin of Mets pitcher Steven Matz, clinched a 6-2, 6-2 victory with Julia Kinalis at first doubles with a forehand volley as the top-seeded Cougars captured the Suffolk girls tennis team championship with a 6-1 win over No. 2 Ward Melville on Tuesday at Floyd.
“We were confident going into this match today and it’s amazing that all of our hard work paid off,” Matz said.
Matz and Kinalis defeated Anna Ma and Morgan Voulo for Commack’s second team point
“Midseason we started working with our dads and training and playing together everyday,” Kinalis said. “It really helped — we have such a connection now and better chemistry — we really clicked.”
Soon after Emma Mangels and Andrianna Kaimis won their second doubles match 6-4, 6-1 over Julia Hu and Dara Berman and Kimberly Liao finished off her first singles match with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Denise Lai to seal the victory for Commack (15-1). Ward Melville finished 16-2.
The Cougars lost in the final final last year to Half Hollow Hills East.
“This match was really important,” Liao said. “We really wanted to get out there and win it because in the back of our minds we all thought about getting back here after last season. It was a goal that we really wanted to achieve.”
Emily Tannenbaum won Commack’s first match 6-0, 6-1 over Jade Eggleston at second singles.
“Emily grew and really developed her game even more because she works really hard and plays a lot of tournaments during the year to become match tough,” Commack coach Jackie Clark said. “She has a dynamite game — lefty, big top spin, can slice backhand, comes to the net a lot and it’s something you don’t see a lot in today’s game.”
Gabi Glickstein defeated Jillian Shulder 6-7,6-1, 6-1 at third singles and Christine Kong and Victoria Pensiero beat Shannon Sartain and Julia Hoffmann 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 at third doubles.
“That bus ride home from the final last year was very long and very quiet,” Clark said. “We felt like we could have won last year but it didn’t work out. We didn’t give up and we bounced back and were resilient and that’s why this team is so amazing.”