Longwood sophomore Victoria Matos came into this season more motivated than ever. A year removed from finishing runner-up in the Suffolk County Singles Championship, Matos claimed the county title this time around, defeating Commack’s Kady Tannenbaum 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 on Sunday afternoon at Smithtown East High School.
“It feels good,” said Matos. “I’m really proud of myself for coming back this year and playing well, especially after last year. It was a long, tough match, but I managed to come back, so I’m really happy.”
It was by no means an easy victory for Matos, as Tannenbaum came out of the gates playing extremely well, winning the first set and taking the early advantage. But Matos regrouped on the changeover, and got back to her game.
“I had a rough start; mentally I wasn’t really in it. But then when we changed over, I told myself to just take it one point at a time,” said Matos. “I started to feel better about myself and my game, and just getting that confidence back in myself was key.”
Matos now heads up to Schecendaty to compete in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) Championships.
“I’m really excited,” she said. “This is my first time going to States, so it feels great and I can’t wait to play.”
Tannenbaum captured the Suffolk County Doubles title a year ago alongside her sister Emily, and this season it was a different pair of sisters who won the county doubles title, as Westhampton Beach’s Katelyn and Julia Stabile defeated another sister pairing in Alysson and Drea Pierro of Patchogue-Medford 7-6(5), 6-4 to win the doubles crown.
“It feels really good. I’m a senior, and I wanted to do something special in my final year with my sister, and we can’t wait to go play at States,” said Katelyn Stabile.
“We’re really excited. We’ve put in a lot of hard work, and we’re hoping we can place at States.”
One of the keys to their success was the chemistry between the two sisters. It was a hard-fought, tight match, and the ability to come through in the biggest points was crucial.
"We knew they were consistent and had strong serves so we decided just to take one point at a time and made sure to have good communication and to support each other," added Katelyn.
Following the Individual State Championships this weekend, the Stabiles will look to lead their team in the Suffolk County Team Championships, as Westhampton Beach is set to play William Floyd in the county semifinals.
The winner moves on to the county final, and into a matchup with either Hills East or Harborfields.
“Floyd beat us in the preseason, and it was a super close match,” said Katelyn. “We’re excited to play them again, and hopefully come away with the win.”
Katelyn & Julia Stablie of Westhampton Beach captured the 2021 Suffolk County Doubles title.