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Newsday's All-Long Island girls tennis team 2016

Meet the players who earned first-team honors for Newsday's All-Long Island girls tennis team in 2016.

Long Island player of the year: Julia Szymanska, Holy Trinity, Sr.

Szymanska's physical skills and well-rounded game were evident
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Szymanska's physical skills and well-rounded game were evident all season, as she finished 13-0. She won the CHSAA girls tennis state championship but it was when the competition got toughest that she was really able to shine. Szymanska used her elite court sense to take over in the state Federation championship match, beating Yorktown's Caitlyn Ferrante, 7-6 (4), 2-6, 6-3.

"She has a great ability to figure out what she has to do to beat each opponent and has the patience to always be able to figure things out," Holy Trinity coach Josephine Frey said.

Suffolk player of the year: Jackie Bukzin, Eastport-South Manor, Jr.

Bukzin is no stranger to postseason success. In
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Bukzin is no stranger to postseason success. In her fifth appearance on the final day of the Suffolk individual tournament Bukzin won her first county title. She also made her fourth state tournament and advanced to the quarterfinals.

Lauren Cherkin, Half Hollow Hills East, So.

The Suffolk doubles champions were competitive throughout a
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The Suffolk doubles champions were competitive throughout a postseason run that culminated with a berth in the second round of the state tournament. They also led Hills East to the semifinals in the Suffolk team tournament.

Calista Sha, Friends Academy, So.

Sha and Morgan Wilkins didn't have a ton
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Sha and Morgan Wilkins didn't have a ton of experience playing together but they quickly made up for lost time in the postseason. The duo was the third consecutive Nassau team to win the NYSPHSAA doubles championships. They also led an underdog Friends Academy team to the unofficial Long Island team championship in the 'Executive Cup.'

Kimberly Liao, Commack, Fr.

Liao put together another exceptional season, leading her
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Liao put together another exceptional season, leading her team to the Suffolk championship one year after coming up one match short. She finished second in the Suffolk individual tournament and advanced to the state quarterfinals.

Ariana Malik, Half Hollow Hills East, Jr.

The Suffolk doubles champions were competitive throughout a
Photo Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

The Suffolk doubles champions were competitive throughout a postseason run that culminated with a berth in the second round of the state tournament. They also led Hills East to the semifinals in the Suffolk team tournament.

Morgan Wilkins, Friends Academy, Sr.

Wilkins and Calista Sha didn't have a ton
Photo Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

Wilkins and Calista Sha didn't have a ton of experience playing together but they quickly made up for lost time in the postseason. The duo was the third consecutive Nassau team to win the NYSPHSAA doubles championships. They also led an underdog Friends Academy team to the unofficial Long Island team championship in the 'Executive Cup.'

Coach of the year: Jackie Clark, Commack

A year after the Cougars fell one match
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A year after the Cougars fell one match short of the Suffolk title Clark guided Commack back to the final where they defeated Ward Melville 6-1 to capture the championship. The top-seeded Cougars also went 9-1 in Suffolk I.

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