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New path led Szymanska to title

A different road to a state tennis championship presented itself to Holy Trinity’s Julia Szymanska this postseason.

A year after advancing to the second round of the state tournament as a qualifier out of the CHSAA, the senior took a new — and successful — route in 2016.

After Szymanska captured the CHSAA state title on Oct. 19, she moved on to Port Chester to play the PSAL winner in a Federation semifinal.

In past seasons, the top players from the CHSAA and the PSAL were in the main draw with the rest of the public school players. This year the CHSAA and PSAL singles and doubles champions competed against each other before playing the NYSPHSAA champions for the Federation title.

Szymanska kept her poise under the new format, beating Cardozo’s Daniella Hernandez, 6-3, 6-1, before defeating Yorktown’s Caitlin Ferrante in a back-and-forth 7-6 (4), 2-6, 6-3 match to capture the Federation title at Sound Shore Tennis Center on Oct. 31.

“I was confused with the draw and who I’d have to play,” Szymanska said, before adding, “but I definitely like it now.”

“These girls played really hard and it was a really tough tournament,” Szymanska said. “I’m just really happy.”

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