Syosset's Camhi goes out as state champion
This was just Hannah Camhi's year.
As a senior tennis player at Syosset, Camhi went undefeated in singles play, led her team to a perfect season and a third consecutive Long Island Championship, was recruited to play varsity tennis at Brown University next fall and won her first Nassau County and New York State singles titles. An impressive resume to say the least.
"It's really nice knowing that I've worked so hard to have it all pay off," Camhi said. "It's nice to win at the end of my senior season and so far I've had a great senior year."
Camhi's state title on Nov. 7 was the most recent of her accomplishments, and was one that she had progressed toward achieving during the last three years. She took third place at states as a sophomore and was the state runner-up as a junior. She said that finally winning the state championship this season came as a relief.
Camhi earned the top seed entering the state tournament after beating Garden City eighth-grader Morgan Herrmann, 6-0, 6-0, in the county finals. At states, Camhi did not drop a set in her three matches leading up to the championship, and faced only one top-eight opponent in the entire tournament, beating No. 4 Claire Minnoe (Auburn), 7-5, 6-1, in the semifinals.
Camhi played Herrmann again for the state title, winning the championship match 6-2, 4-6, 6-2, after Herrmann had knocked off both the No. 2- and No. 3-ranked players to reach the final.
"I was really nervous going into the finals since there were a lot of expectations," Camhi said. "But after the match, I was so relieved and proud of myself that I was able to manage all of it and work my way through and win it."
With high school tennis behind her, Camhi said she is focused on her schoolwork and continues to prepare for Brown. She still competes in USTA tournaments and for now is simply trying to enjoy her senior year.
"Managing high school and [college] applications and tennis [was] the hardest part of my year and it's just relaxing now," Camhi said. "I'm still training really hard for next year and I'm hoping to finish my AP courses really strong. I'm just looking ahead to the rest of my senior year and going into college."