The Press Player of the Year

Connie Capone

Oakcrest, Sr.

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Capone finished the season on a 13-match winning streak, including five wins for the Cape-Atlantic League singles title. The 18-year-old Mays Landing resident, who posted a career-high 25 wins this season, was a Press honorable mention selection as a sophomore and made the second team as a junior. She finishes her career with a 72-30-1 record.

First team


Anna Prestera

Barnegat, Sr.

Finished her career with 75 wins at first singles to break the school's first-singles record of 71 set by Kelly Czumble in 2009. This is Prestera's third consecutive first-team nod. The Ocean County Tournament semifinalist finished the season 28-5, giving her a total of 91 career wins, also a school record.

Bridget Dandrea


The 17-year old Longport resident set the school record for most singles wins with 75 victories. She reached the Gloucester County Times semifinals, the Cape-Atlantic League quarterfinals and the South Jersey Interscholastic Coaches Tournament Round of 16. Her final record was 22-5.

Katie Garthaus

Egg Harbor Township, So.

Finished the season 24-5, including 21 straight-set victories. The 15-year-old Scullville resident had immediate success making the transition from third singles to first and reached the CAL Individual Tournament final, while leading the Eagles to its first American Conference title since 1999.

Nicole Fahringer

Mainland Regional, Sr.

The Northfield resident lands on the first team for the first time after posting an 18-4 record and reaching the CAL Individual Tournament semifinals before falling to Garthaus. Fahringer also reached the SJICT third round and beat Capone twice. She finished the season with 15 straight set victories.


Haley Krachman, Jr.

Rachel Rha, So.

Mainland Regional

The duo captured the CAL doubles title and posted a 21-2 record in its first year playing together. Reached the prestigious SJICT semifinals, further than any other team in the Press area. Posted 18 straight-set victories, including a streak of 12 straight. Led Mainland to a 14-4 record and third place in the CAL American Conference standings.

Katie Rha, Jr.

Cassidy Scott, So.

Mainland Regional

Fell to Mustangs' teammates Krachman and Rachel Rha in the CAL Individual tournament final and reached the SJICT quarterfinals, which no other team accomplished except their first doubles teammates. Went 7-3 at first doubles when called upon due to injuries or in individual tournaments. Had 13 straight-set victories.

Eva Nusbaum, Sr.

Olivia Pawling, Jr.

Ocean City

The tandem was 19-4 at first doubles with an appearance in the SJICT Round of 16. Nusbaum and Pawling beat both of Mainland's doubles teams once, but lost to Katie Rha and Cassidy Scott 6-2, 4-6, 7-6(7-3) in the quarterfinals of the CAL tournament. Ocean City (16-3) finished second in the conference race, while reaching the SJ Group III semifinals.

Second team


Gabby DuBruille

Ocean City, Sr.

Leah Kornberg

Ocean City, Jr.

Amanda Goff

Sacred Heart, Jr.


Valerie Garofalo, Sr.

Julia Dalzell, Fr.

Holy Spirit

Lauren Cavallo, Jr.

Katie O'Rourke, Sr.

Sacred Heart

Maria Ibarra, Jr.

Christine Pao, Jr.

Egg Harbor Township

Jessica Danks, Jr.

Mackenzie Goddard, Sr.

Cedar Creek

Honorable mention


Linsey Gabris

Cedar Creek, Sr.

Erin Chard

Millville, Sr.

Vida Torres

Egg Harbor Township, Jr.

Megan Maloney

Cumberland Regional, Fr.


Karen Johnson, Sr.

Melanie Mayhew, Jr.

Cumberland Regional

Rachel Filippone, Sr.

Hira Zeb, Sr.


Brooke Pearson, Sr.

Darby Crowding, Jr.

Middle Township

Erin Law, Sr.

Melody Samuels, Sr.


Coach of the year

Rick Blasi, Barnegat

The former assistant led the Bengals to their first South Jersey Group II final in program history in his first year as head coach before falling to perennial power Haddonfield. Blasi also coached his team to its second straight share of the Shore Conference B South title and a 24-4 record. Barnegat finished fourth in the team scoring at the Ocean County Tournament.

A look ahead

Mainland Regional, Egg Harbor Township and Ocean City will reload in the American Conference. Holy Spirit and Sacred Heart, which shared the CAL National Conference title, each will lose the majority of its teams to graduation. Absegami and Middle Township are up-and-coming programs, while Lacey Township should see a turnaround. Barnegat loses all but one player to graduation and Cedar Creek loses four starters to the school's first-ever graduation.


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