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Tannenbaum sparks Commack tennis win over HHHE

Commack's Emily Tannenbaum hits a backhand return during

Commack's Emily Tannenbaum hits a backhand return during her first singles match against Half Hollow Hills East at Commack High School on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016. Photo Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

After waiting nearly 11 months for another shot, the Commack girls tennis team got its second chance in four days to knock off rival Half Hollow Hills East on Tuesday.

Behind a 6-1, 6-1 first singles win by Emily Tannenbaum over Airana Malik, the Cougars (5-1) finally extracted a bit of revenge, defeating the Thunderbirds 5-2 in Suffolk I

On Saturday, Commack lost to Hills East 4-3. It was the fifth match in five days for the Cougars, according to coach Jackie Clark. “The couple of days rest allowed us to recharge our batteries and really helped.”

Commack also shifted its lineup, moving defending Suffolk singles champion Kimberly Liao to first doubles in order to strengthen that part of the lineup.

“We have a lot of depth on the team and I felt like giving some other players a chance is important,” Clark said. “We also wanted to strengthen the doubles a bit because we are still working on combinations.”

Liao and Andrianna Kaimis defeated Gina LaRusso and Maddie Fryer 6-2, 3-6, 10-5 to help Commack take three of the doubles matches.

“The team worked really hard and we’re always on the court doing drills and working,” Clark said. “They’re a great bunch — our work ethic and the character they have really makes the wins mean even more to us.”

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