| By Janet Miles
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Alleyah Ally, playing first singles for Francis Lewis, took top honors at the Girls Invitational Tournament this past weekend.

Ally kept her head in the game each match and simply outplayed her opponents with well-placed shots and lots of consistency. Ally beat Coney Banks, first singles from Frank Sinatra, in the finals in a hard fought match, 6-2, 4-6, 6-1. Banks said, I gave it my all and ran out of energy at the end. Despite having split sets, Alleyah dug deep and kept the pressure on to come back and take the third set despite suffering from leg cramps in the second set.

Ally breezed to a win in the second round beating Morgan Greifer from Eleanor Roosevelt 10-1. She then went on to sweep Fatoumata Ouattara, Seward Parks’s second singles player, 10-0.This set up a semifinal match with Curtis’s Briana Shaw. Alleyah took the match 11-9.

Coney Banks, last years’ third place winner, finished in second place this year. She beat Myat Su, Newtown’s first singles player, 10-4, and then beat Ariel Klein, Lab Museum’s second singles player, 10-5 moving her into the semifinals. In the semifinal action, Coney Banks then beat Batool Mullla, Susan Wagner’s second singles, with an easy 10-3 win setting up the finals with Ally.

Briana Shaw took third place, having defeated Loviena Motijall singles from Richmond Hill, by a score of 10-3. She then beat Chloe Minieri, second singles from Eleanor Roosevelt, 10-0 setting up a semifinal with Ally. Shaw, a freshman, came up just short, as Ally won 11-9.

In the fight for third place, Shaw came back from a semi-final loss and beat Mulla 6-4. 6-2.