HHS' sophomores Deana Giambo and Jessica and Sydney Saviano advanced to the New York State Girls Tennis Championships after their outstanding play at the Section 1 tournament, held last week at Harrison High School. The three Harrison teammates traveled to Latham, New York on Friday for the New York State Girls Varsity Tennis Championships, played at Tri-City Tennis Club Saturday, October 28- Monday, October 30, 2017. Deana won her first round match 6-3, 6-1 but fell in the second round. The Savianos finished their outstanding year with a first round loss 3-6, 3-6. Congratulations on terrific play this season!
To get to States, Giambo played a tough match against defending New York State Champion Caitlyn Ferrante of Yorktown, falling for the first time all year 4-6, 1-6. The Saviano twins battled for the third spot against Edgemont's Shrutti Kanna and Ariella Zagorsky - winning in dramatic fashion 2-6, 6-1, 6-0.
All three of the Harrison players advanced to the semifinal matches held on Thursday. Deana Giambo played an outstanding match, coming from 1-4 down in the first set to win 6-4, 6-3 against Olivia Ashton of Pleasantville. She beat Carly Levitz of Horace Greeley 6-3, 6-3 in the quarterfinals and won her first round match against Maggie Akuetey of Scarsdale 6-0, 6-1.
Jessica and Sydney Saviano had a difficult task against the #1 seeded and two-time State runner-up Ursuline team of Campos and Ciano falling 1-6, 4-6. They beat Devon Wolfe and Dana D'Onofrio of Byram Hills 6-2, 6-4 in the quarterfinals and Rye's Steffi Rodilosso and Jocelyn Stone 6-2, 6-1 in the first round.
Giambo and Savianos Win Conference Championships
Deana GIambo and Jessica and Sydney Saviano captured the Conference II Girls Varsity Singles and Doubles Championships, played at Harrison High School two weeks ago. HHS sophomore Deana Giambo represented Harrison in Singles play as the #1 seed in the tournament and the reigning Conference II Singles Champion. Deana went undefeated in the regular season this season – amassing an 11-0 record and being touted by The Journal News as one of the top six players in Section 1. Deana only dropped three games in the entire tournament- beating Elena Nunez of Rye 6-0, 6-0 in the second round, Brooke Lopez of Albertus Magnus 6-0, 6-0 in the quarterfinals, Sophia Feigelson of Lourdes 6-1, 6-1 and Nina Tagliabue of Hendrick Hudson 6-0, 6-1 in the finals.
The dynamic duo of Jessica and Sydney Saviano, also the #1 seeds in the tournament and last year's runner-ups in Conference II tournament, were equally impressive. The two beat the team from Byram Hills 6-0, 6-2 in the second round, beat the team of Elizabeth Kohler and Izzie Chinch of John Jay Cross River 6-0, 6-0 in the quarterfinals, beat Steffi Rodilosso and Jocelyn Stone of Rye 6-0, 6-1 in the semifinals, and Devon Wolfe and Dana D'Onofrio of Byram Hills 6-1, 6-1 in the finals.
Also representing Harrison in doubles were:
Sarina Iraj and Yuko Otsuko – this team is the #4 seed in the tournament. With a first round bye, the two took on the pairing of Elodie Weinman and Portia Luongo from Nyack in the second round – beating them 6-2, 6-3. They played the team of Steffi Rodilosso and Jocelyn Stone of Rye in the quarterfinals on Thursday. losing in a third set tie-breaker 6-3, 1-6, 5-10.
Julia Applebaum and Lindsay Amann – this team unfortunately lost in the first round to the Weinman/Luongo team from Nyack in a tough tie breaker – 6-3, 1-6, 5-10.