all-county tennis photo with students and coach

WFHS varsity tennis All-County selections are pictured with Coach Dave Pia (back row, l-r) Hailey O'Connor, Coach Pia and Jacqueline Sutherland; (middle row, l-r) Anabel Van Cott, Gianna Martin and Lydia Van Cott: (front row, l-r) Adrianna Filippelli and Allison Goodyear. 

Seven members of the William Floyd High School girls’ varsity tennis team recently received All-County honors at their Suffolk County awards dinner held earlier this month at Villa Lombardi’s restaurant. This is the first time in William Floyd history that seven student-athletes on one team have been selected for All-County honors, an accomplishment that is a testament to the hard work and dedication of each student athlete.

William Floyd varsity tennis coach Dave Pia, who has led the William Floyd tennis program for the past 35 years, describes this as an historic achievement and a rare feat in Long Island high school sports. In other team sports, a committee is usually responsible for selecting the student-athletes for this honor; in tennis, the student-athletes earn this honor for themselves with their performance.

This year’s All-County selections for tennis include Adrianna Filippelli, Allison Goodyear, Gianna Martin, Hailey O’Connor, Jacqueline Sutherland, Anabel Van Cott and Lydia Van Cott.

“No coach or committee selects these girls for All-County, they earn it themselves by winning on the court,” said Coach Pia. “Their hard work and dedication has rewarded them. I'm so proud of these girls and the entire tennis team for a great year.”

This past season, the Colonials finished with a 14-2 overall regular season record and secured their second consecutive league championship. They won their first two playoff matches decisively over Connetquot and Ward Melville, before falling in a close match to Half Hollow Hills East in the semifinals.

Coach Pia, a two-time United States Tennis Association Coach of the Year and William Floyd High School Athletic Hall of Fame member, is no stranger to success. He has led the girls’ varsity tennis team to the playoffs each year for the past 20 years and has consistently had his teams ranked among the best in Suffolk County. He led the Colonials to the Suffolk County Championship after the 2014 season, an amazing run that included sweeping four prep opponents and a championship upset over the vaunted Half Hollow Hills East program.

Postseason individual awards for all other fall sports will be announced soon.

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