VSN Girl’s Tennis Team Continues their Success
By Alyssa Garufi, Hannah Lee
Volume 2 Issue 2
November 19, 2021
Original photography by Josephine Scalia
The Valley Stream North’s Girls’ Varsity Tennis team annihilated their competition this year, coming in second place in Conference 4. Despite the challenging circumstances due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the girls played with ferocity and determination, finishing the season with 12 wins and only two losses.
This achievement would not have been possible without the assistance of their new coach, Mr. Joseph Mando. Mr. Mando, a Valley Stream North alumni himself, now coaches the same sport he played during when he was a student here. Former girls coach, Ms. Kate Moran is brought back in a full circle, as Coach Mando uses skills taught by her in high school. Not only has Mr. Mando taught the girls tennis techniques and skills, but he has also left a big impression on all the girls by giving good advice and teaching them important life lessons.
The Girls’ Tennis Team started the season off strong, with a 5-2 win against Uniondale on September 13th. First Singles, Claudia Sanchez, defeated her opponent in two sets, 6-2 and 6-2. No. 1 doubles Josephine Scalia and Ashrita Seelan won their match in two sets as well, both going into tiebreaks. No. 2 doubles, Alyssa Garufi and Grace Scalia beat their opponents along with No. 3 doubles, Anna Persaud and Kimberly Shrestha. To finish off the match, Barnit Kaur and Shinedip Kundlas bested their opponents, giving the girls a definite win from the beginning of the season.
In the middle of their season, the girls pulled a win of 7-0 at West Hempstead. No. 1 singles, Juliana Russell faced some setbacks during her first set with a score of 6-7, but eventually pulled through winning 6-3, 7-6. Claudia Sanchez, No. 2 singles, played an impressive double bagel of 6-0, 6-0, along with Jaela Cardoza-Alvarez, winning 6-1, 6-0. First doubles, Afira Mahmood and Josephine Scalia, won their match 6-0, 6-1, and all the other doubles players won with impressive 6-0, 6-0, all around, Ashrita Seelan and Sophia Trojanowski as No. 2 doubles, Grace Scalia, and Emily Seitz as No. 3, and finally Anna Persaud and Kimberly Shrestha as No. 4 doubles.
The girls finished off their season with a win at Levittown Division. Claudia Sanchez, playing No. 2 singles, won her match 10-2, along with Jaela Cardoza-Alvarez, No. 3 singles, winning 10-3. These girls destroyed their opponents in their pro-set. All four pairs of doubles players won their match, with No. 1 doubles, Afira Mahmood and Josephine Scalia, winning 10-3, second, Hannah Lee and Ashrita Seelan, winning 10-1, third, Alyssa Garufi and Grace Scalia, winning 10-0, and fourth, Sophia Buonomo and Lindsey Jacob, winning an impressive score of 10-8. The six-to-one win at Levittown Division accurately represents the impressive victories of the Valley Stream North Girls Tennis team throughout their whole season.
The Girls Varsity Tennis team owes great thanks to Coach Mando for teaching them the virtues of patience, strength, and perseverance. The girls persevered through a rough season with COVID-19 regulations and overall made Valley Stream North immensely proud.