Girls tennis: Andreassi wins NBL singles title

By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Montgomery freshman phenom Marghi Andreassi defeated two-time defending champ Fu Long to win the North Bay League singles title Thursday at Santa Rosa High.

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The match went three sets, with Andreassi narrowly prevailing 7-6 (7-5), 4-6, 6-4.

The win means Andreassi will represent the league in the North Coast Section tournament that begins Nov. 18 at Chabot College.

Long, a senior at Maria Carrillo, played Andreassi twice during the regular season. While the freshman won the first two matches, this one by far was the closest.

There were few breaks of serve until Andreassi came up with the biggest one with the score 4-4 in the deciding final set. She then successfully finished off the match.

The championship, which took 2½ hours to complete, featured a number of long rallies.

“I tried to stay consistent,” Andreassi said. “Fu’s serve was hard for me to return. I just focused on getting the ball back and then tried to keep the point going.

“My serve wasn’t consistent. I had a number of double faults, hitting the ball long on most of those.”

Andreassi’s strategy was to serve to Long’s forehand with the ball kicking into her opponent’s body.

“I saw that was working early in the match, so I kept doing it,” she said.

Long said her focus was much better than in the first two matches during league.

“I wasn’t mentally in those other matches,” she said. “This time, I played one point at a time. Also, my serve was a lot better. She’s a great competitor and we played a great match.”

Andreassi, who beat every NBL opponent she faced, was born in Italy and moved to Santa Rosa when she was 4. She began playing tennis at La Cantera Racquet Club and started competing in United Tennis Association Tournaments at 11.

In the third-place match, Cardinal Newman’s Ana Hartman defeated Montgomery’s Alexandra Wood 6-3, 4-6, 6-4.