Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Fair Lawn's Frankel Earns Stripes

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Fair Lawn's Frankel Earns Stripes

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Nicole Frankel was in too much pain to remember what happened.

The Fair Lawn junior had sprained her ankle on the final point of her third-round match against 17th-seeded Julia Anderson of Kent Place last weekend in the state tennis tournament. The unseeded Frankel came up two points short of a huge upset.

After splitting the first two sets, Frankel and Anderson faced off in a first-to-10-point tiebreaker in lieu of a third set. Frankel trailed, 9-7, and staved off two match points to tie the score at 9.

During the next point, Anderson accidentally threw her racket, causing a distracted Frankel to hit the ball out. On the final point, Frankel rolled her ankle and hit the court as Anderson hit the decisive shot onto a wide-open court.

"I had some opportunities in the tiebreak that I didn't take advantage of," Frankel said. "This was my first [state] tournament, though, and I did a lot better than I expected. Overall, it was a positive experience, and I'm looking forward to next year."

HORRIBLE TIMING: Immaculate Heart suffered as heartbreaking a loss to Kent Place this week.

The Blue Eagles were headed for their first state sectional title since 2006, but injury and illness struck at the worst time. That resulted in a 3-2 loss to the Dragons on Tuesday in the Non-Public North A final.

Prior to the match, first-singles ace Katrine Luddy was lost for the season with a concussion suffered in gym class. Second-doubles player Ava Nejad missed the match due to an illness.

Luddy's absence hurt the most, as it forced coach Steve Park to move up everyone in his lineup. The Blue Eagles earned victories via third-singles player Julia Arcieri and the doubles pair of Reagan Bossolina and Julianna Zeepvat.

"I'm disappointed for the kids, especially the seniors," Park said. "Our kids played a great match even though they were undermanned. I just wish it could've turned out differently."

MOVIN' ON: Tenafly graduated three starters from last year's team, including first-singles ace Sasha Shumyatsky. The Tigers have continued to roll, though, and are 13-5.

Coach Anthony Zorovich said his team's depth has keyed its success. He added there isn't a huge difference between the top and bottom of his lineup and that points have come from every position. …

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