Maddie Germano is cool and calm beyond her years.
The Islip freshman tennis player, referred to by her teammates and coaches as the most consistent, even-keeled player they’ve seen, had doubts creeping into her head after splitting the first two sets of the Suffolk II tournament Tuesday at East Islip.
“I was really getting down on myself because I worked so hard to get to where I was,” Germano said. ”When I lost the second set, I was doubting myself and didn’t think I could come back.”
But Germano, the top seed, kept her composure and roared back to take the final set and win the match 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, over No. 3 Andrea Brazyte of Connetquot.
“I knew she would come out with the win,” Islip coach Steve Arey said. “She’s the most consistent player I’ve ever had. You know what you’re going to get when she steps on the court and she never gives up.”
It was the sixth time Germano and Brazyte have played each other and Germano has come out on top each time.
“She’s the best player I’ve ever played,” Germano said of Brazyte. “Our matches are always very close. Her strengths are my weaknesses and I think she’s kind of figured me out and learned to play consistent but I’ve learned to hit harder and play stronger so it’s been fun.”
Germano is the headliner of an Islip team that has great depth. Juniors Nicole Arey and Grace Klomp have become a formidable team and the top-seeded pair won the doubles tournament by defeating No. 3 Bryn Schlussler and Claire Spellman of Bay Shore 6-3, 6-4.
No. 4 Ashley Mannetta also advanced to the semifinals of the division tournament and will be joining her teammates this weekend at the county championships at Suffolk CCC-Selden.
The Islip team completed its second consecutive undefeated League III season and captured its third straight league title after finishing 12-0.
“This is by far the best team we’ve ever had,” the Islip coach said. “This is the first year we’ve ever had division champions in singles and doubles.”