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Kingsborough tennis ladies make the cut - Will travel to Arizona for Nationals May 2-9

Kingsborough Community College (KCC) women’s tennis team won 25 of 27 matches to win the New York State Region 15 championships, qualifying the team for the Nationals to be held in Tucson, Arizona, May 2-9, 2009.

According to Barry Goldsmith, KCC tennis coach, the consensus among the coaches was that KCC’s team is the finest women’s tennis team to ever compete in the region.

The team was led by co-captain Erina Kikuchi who won the first singles flight without losing a game all season. Nina Mayevski won the number two singles flight 6-2, 6-2. Kikuchi and Mayevski combined to win the doubles, qualifying them for the Nationals. Number three singles, co-captain Epraski Yushkova also completed the entire season without losing a game and combined with her partner, Herschella Reid, to win the second flight doubles. Arielle Kamin won the number five singles tournament 7-5, 6-4, and teamed up with her partner Taylor Manson to win third doubles. Taylor Manson won six singles flight 6-4-6-0.

At the Regional’s, KCC’s women won eight of nine flights and Kikuch, Mayevski, Yushkova, Kamin and Manson all were selected to the tournament team for doubles. Coach Barry Goldsmith was selected the National Junior College Athletic Association Region 15 Women’s Tennis Coach of the Year.

“If all the players progress in singles and improve their doubles skills and strategy, the team will challenge for a National Championship,” said Goldsmith.

The women completed their season, beating Rockland 9-0, Fashion Institute of Technology 8-1, Orange 8-1, and Suffolk 6-3. Diana Derks contributed to the team by winning singles and doubles matches and Kit Rasulova was a team member.

“The entire KCC community joins me in congratulating our women’s tennis team for their hard work and extraordinary success. We are very proud of our team,” said Dr. Regina Peruggi, president of KCC.

Kingsborough Community College is located at 2001 Oriental Boulevard on a 70-acre campus in the Manhattan Beach section of Brooklyn.

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