The Press Player of the Year

Adrienne Kaye

Holy Spirit, Sr.

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Surpassed the 100-wins mark this season while winning her third straight player of the year title and third straight CAL Individual title. Led Holy Spirit to its ninth straight CAL National Conference title with a 26-3 record. Won 25 of her 26 matches in straight sets. In four years, the 17-year-old Egg Harbor City resident only once lost to a CAL opponent. Made her deepest run into the South Jersey Interscholastic Championships by reaching the quarterfinals. Plans to continue her tennis career in college while majoring in nursing.


Amanda Hickman

Millville, Sr.

Played first singles for the Thunderbolts and was an honorable mention All-Star last season at second singles. Went 26-10-1, clinching her 100th career victory on Nov. 2. Made it to the semifinals of the CAL tournament. The 17-year-old co-captain played a key role in Millville's run to the South Jersey Group IV final before losing to perennial power Cherry Hill East.

Blake Pescatore

Vineland, Sr.

Makes the first team for the second straight season as the CAL individual tournament runner-up to Kaye, which was her only loss to a league opponent all season. The 17-year-old became the first Fighting Clan player to reach the finals since her sister Bailey did it in 2005. Accumulated a 30-5-1 record this year, while breaking the career record for wins with 89.

Anna Prestera

Barnegat, Jr.

The repeat first-teamer finished the season 26-4, raising her career wins total to 62. The 16-year-old was runner-up at the Ocean County Tournament first singles flight and also helped the Bengals to a share of the Shore Conference B South division title.


Dana DiStefano, Sr.

and Katie Kresz, Sr.

Holy Spirit

The duo became the second Holy Spirit doubles team to win the CAL individual title in the past three years. Combined for a 19-3 record while leading the Spartans to a 19-1 record, with the Spartans' only loss coming to Bishop Eustace in the semifinals of the South Jersey Non-Public B semifinals.

Lauren Loggi, Jr.

and Leah Kornberg, So.

Ocean City

Posted a 20-5 record and made a run to the finals of the CAL individual tournament before losing to DiStefano and Kresz 4-6, 6-7 (5-7). The pair, which also reached the South Jersey Interscholastic Championships Round of 16, led The Red Raiders to an undefeated conference record (15-0) and the American conference title.

The Press Second Team All-Stars and Honorable Mention


Connie Capone

Oakcrest, Jr.

Bridget Dandrea


Gabby DuBruille

Ocean City, Jr.

Megan Tice

Middle Township, Sr.


Maria Ibarra, So.

Sophie Fernandez, Jr.

Egg Harbor Township

Danielle Mazzola, Sr.

Brooke Thompson, Sr.


Dana DiMatteo, Sr.

Patrice Basada, Jr.

Sacred Heart

Heather Mazzeo, Sr.

Eva Nusbaum, Jr.

Ocean City

Honorable mention


Kelsey McAndrew, Lacey Township, Jr.

Rachele Smith, Sacred Heart, Sr.

Jennifer Swentkowski, EHT, Sr.


Summer Conover, So.

Mary Furgione, Sr.


Amber Cohen, Sr.

Haley Krachman, So.

Mainland Regional

Tina DiCicco, Jr.

Claire Sitmson, So.


Colleen Anderson, Jr.

Marlena Brazill, Jr.


Rebeckah Hansen, Sr.

Carly Ragan, So.

Lacey Township

The Press girls tennis Coach of the Year: Samantha Newgas, Ocean City

The former Buena Regional doubles player already has her talented Red Raiders team headed in the right direction. In her third year as coach, Newgas led Ocean City to a 17-2 record, the CAL American Conference title and the finals of the South Jersey Group III tournament.

The Red Raiders earned wins over a surging Millville team and a competitive Vineland team late in the season to hold on and win the conference title with a 15-0 record. They also held strong against a scrappy Oakcrest team to beat them twice in one week and a solid team in Egg Harbor Township. She oversees an Ocean City squad that claimed the No. 9 spot in the final Press Elite 11 rankings. Her career record is now 41-16.

"It's an amazing honor, and I owe a lot of credit to the dedication of my team," Newgas said Thursday night by phone. "They are a lot of hardworking girls that made tennis a main priority for these past few months and also year round. I'm proud of them and I'm proud to receive this honor.

"Because I'm a local and I've always been a member of the CAL, it really shows me a lot of appreciation for the program and the teams we play against," she added."It's interesting at one point watching it from a player's perspective and now as a coach.I have a lot of respect for the teams in South Jersey and it's a great experience for me taking my tennis experience to the next level."

The Press Girls Tennis Elite 11

1. Red Bank Catholic 23-1

2. Haddonfield 28-1

3. Moorestown 26-4

4. Cherry Hill East 15-3

5. Bishop Eustace 18-3

6. Pennsville 22-2

7. Holy Spirit 19-1

8. Toms River North 18-2

9. Ocean City 17-2

10. Millville 22-7

11. Lenape 12-7

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