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Newsday's All-Long Island boys tennis team 2016

Meet the athletes who made it onto Newsday's All-Long Island boys tennis team for the 2016 spring season.

Long Island Player of the Year: Yuval Solomon, Plainview JFK, Jr.

Solomon had already proved he was the top
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Solomon had already proved he was the top boys player on Long Island. Coming off a season in which he was the first Long Island player to reach the state final since Josh Levine of Cold Spring Harbor in 2012, the two-time Nassau champion was looking to prove that he was the best in the state.

He did just that on June 4 at the National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows when he defeated defending champion Matt Gamble of Webster-Schroeder 6-0, 5-7, 7-6 (4).

Solomon finished the season with a 23-0 record.

"[Winning the title] was better than I thought," Solomon said. "I didn't think think it would be this exciting and this overwhelming. I can't even explain how happy I am."

Suffolk Player of the Year: Cannon Kingsley, Northport, Fr.

Kingsley finished third in Suffolk as an eighth-grader
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Kingsley finished third in Suffolk as an eighth-grader last year, and took the next step this season by winning the Suffolk championship and advancing to the state quarterfinals.

Kingsley grew a few inches last summer and that helped him to continue to develop his powerful serve and all-around court coverage. He also improved his forehand to go with his strong back hand.

He was Northport's first boys county champion since John Sordi in 1986, according to Northport coach Peter Quinn.

Sean Mullins, Cold Spring Harbor, Sr.

Mullins used his strong left-handed serve in forging
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Mullins used his strong left-handed serve in forging a 7-2 regular season record. He led his Seahawks to the the county semifinals before finishing third in the county individual tournament and earning a spot in the quarterfinals of the state tournament.

Athell Bennett, Valley Stream Central, Sr.

The Nassau runner-up capped his 14-0 regular-season record
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The Nassau runner-up capped his 14-0 regular-season record by reaching the quarterfinals of the state tournament. He finished the year 20-2 overall and will be playing collegiately at Purdue.

Colin Sacco, Chaminade, Sr.

Sacco won his second CHSAA individual championship in
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Sacco won his second CHSAA individual championship in three seasons and anchored a Flyers squad that went undefeated and won its third straight CHSAA team title.

Neel Rajesh, Syosset, Fr.

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Kabir Rajpal, Syosset, 8th grade

The duo went 9-1, winning all five matches
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The duo went 9-1, winning all five matches to win the county championship before going 4-1 to finish third at the state tournament. During team play they were the Braves' first and second singles players and led Syosset to its second straight undefeated county title. Rajesh is a freshman and Rajpal is in eighth grade.

Aziz Rashidzada, Half Hollow Hills West, Sr.

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Jackson Weisbrot, Half Hollow Hills West, Jr.

Rashidzada, a senior, and Weisbrot, a junior, led
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Rashidzada, a senior, and Weisbrot, a junior, led the Colts to a second straight county title. They won the Suffolk doubles championship and reached the quarterfinals of the state tournament.

Coach of the Year: Shai Fisher, Syosset

Fisher replaced his top two singles players and
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Fisher replaced his top two singles players and led Syosset to a 17-0 record and its second straight undefeated county title. The Braves are 33-0 over the last two years.

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