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Larisa Kotok places second at NYSPHSAA individual tennis championships

Larisa Kotok

Larisa Kotok of the combined Marion-Gananda girls tennis team placed second at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Individual Tennis Championships in Schenectady on Saturday.

Larisa, who is a junior at Gananda's Ruben A. Cirillo High School, dropped a 4-6, 0-6 decision to Kady Tannenbaum of Commack in the championship match.

"She played great," Marion-Gananda coach Terry Krocke said. "It was a great match, a great ride and a great season. Larisa is a special talent and just a great girl all around."

Larisa finished her first season of high school tennis with a 32-1 record and won the Wayne County, Section V Class B2 and Section V State Qualifier tournaments. She also received the Section V Sportsmanship Award.

"When they introduced her after the match today, they said that there are 10,000 girls who play tennis at the junior high, JV and varsity levels at 400 high schools in New York state," Krocke said. "And she's No. 2. That's pretty impressive."