FLUSHING – The Oneida women’s tennis team competes in New York State’s first-ever women’s tennis team championship which begins this morning at 9 a.m. at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing.
“The girls are super excited to be playing at one of the most prestigious tennis facilities in the world,” said Oneida head coach Todd Hicks. “They are ready to compete.
The Indians 17-0 went undefeated in the regular season en route to the Section III Class B tag team title.
“I’m so excited for the ladies,” Hicks said. “Especially the six seniors who have been involved in the tennis program since college.”
The six seniors of the Oneida team are: Mikah Albro, Cara Campania, Kaylin Curro, Jenna George, Madeline Harris and Hannah Myatt.
Section III’s Oneida will play Locust Valley’s Section VIII Friends Academy in the Division II semi-finals. The other semi-final pits Section I’s Byram Hills against Section V’s Harley Allendale Columbia.
“We know that when we arrive, we’ll be playing some of the best tennis players in the state,” Hicks said. “It will be a new level of tennis. It’s a great opportunity for the ladies. To win matches, we will have to play near perfect matches with limited direct errors. “
Hicks hopes the youngsters see the success of the Oneida tennis team and become interested in the game.
“An opportunity like this will hopefully rejuvenate the young people in our community to start playing tennis,” Hicks said. “We were very grateful for the support we received from our school district and our community. This is exactly what we need during the difficult times we are going through. Bring everyone together!
The finals start at 2:30 p.m. this afternoon.