2013 Girls Tennis All-Stars

2013 Girls Tennis All-Stars

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2013 Girls Tennis All-Stars

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Player Of The Year — Sophia He

School: Spackenkill

Grade: 11

Position: First singles

Vital stats: Before winning a first-round match at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association’s championship tournament, the junior placed third in the Section 9 championship tournament. He, the Poughkeepsie Journal’s 2011 Player of the Year, reached the finals of this year’s Mid-Hudson Athletic League but fell in three sets.

Quotable: “She took a year off, came back and made states again. She’s pretty much the clear favorite,” said Franklin D. Roosevelt coach Bob Mayerhofer, one of several coaches who nominated He for the award.

* Spackenkill coach Jackie Klein said He’s mental approach and physical skills helped her finish the regular season with a 9-1 record. “She’s very focused,” Klein said. “She has outstanding groundstrokes. She understands the singles game, ball movement and moving her opponent around the court.”

First Team

Pia Krishnamurti

School: John Jay

Grade: 10

Position: Second singles

Vital stats: The Patriots’ sophomore finished the regular season with an 11-1 record at singles before placing third in the Section 1 Conference 1 tournament. Krishnamurti reached the Section 1 tournament, where she fell in the opening round.

Quotable: “She’s really, really athletic,” said John Jay coach Will Davis, referring to his 5-foot-9 singles star, who is 22-2 in her regular-season career. “She really changed how she played this year. She got after it and became an aggressor. She’s been great for us so far.”

Vanessa Lam-Tran

School: Spackenkill

Grade: 11

Position: Second singles

Vital stats: On the way to a 10-0 record during the regular season, the junior reached the semifinals of the Mid-Hudson Athletic League tournament, only to fall to the eventual champion in a rematch of the 2012 final.

Quotable: “She has a really powerful shot,” said Spackenkill coach Jackie Klein, adding Lam-Tran has used her strong arms and shoulders, which she developed as a swimmer to her benefit on the court. “She is just so totally focused and such a hard worker in practice.”

Maranda Sears

School: Arlington

Grade: 9

Position: First singles

Vital stats: Losing only one match in the regular season, the freshman claimed her conference’s singles title before falling in the Section 1 quarterfinals.

Quotable: “She means a lot to the program. She’ll be the future of the program for the next three years. I hope she raises the level of girls tennis for Arlington,” Admirals coach Gail Lynch said. “It’s her drive and her determination: She really, really loves to play. She comes from a tennis family, but she really loves it. She’s very coachable. I loved working with her this year. She’s a pleasure to work with.”

Julia Cohen and Alice Lee

School: New Paltz

Grades: Cohen, 11; Lee, 12

Position: Wild-card doubles

Vital stats: For the second time in as many years, the Huguenots’ tandem won the MHAL crown, dropping just three games in a straight-sets triumph over opponents from Franklin D. Roosevelt. Cohen, who finished 6-4 at first singles during the regular season, and Lee, who boasted an 8-1 regular-season mark at second singles, eventually reached the consolation round of the state tournament.

Quotable: “They’re both hard workers and leaders,” said New Paltz coach Scott Taylor, adding Cohen and Lee have each steadily progressed throughout their careers with the Huguenots. “It’s been a process. It didn’t just happen. They’ve both learned how to play the doubles game: You need a good serve, return it, angle volleys, don’t give away points. They both really love working together, and they’ve formed a synergy. They’re very coachable girls, and I never have to worry about them working their hardest.”

Arya Mekkat and Sabrina Choi

School: Spackenkill

Grade: Mekkat, 12; Choi, 12

Position: First doubles

Vital stats: The Spartans’ seniors were unbeaten in their 10 matches during the regular season. Mekkat and Choi qualified for the Section 9 tournament, where they earned a straight-sets victory in the round of 16 before falling in the quarterfinals.

Quotable: “They work well together,” Klein said. “Sabrina has a fantastic volley, and they’re both such steady players.”

Tina Jing and Ruchi Patel

School: Roy C. Ketcham

Grade: Jing, 12; Patel, 12

Position: First doubles

Vital stats: Though weather washed out several of the Indians’ matches early in the season, the duo of Jing and Patel finished the regular season with a 7-0 record, eventually reaching the Section 1 tournament.

Quotable: “They each know their partner’s strengths and weaknesses,” said Ketcham coach Brian LaSusa, who credited that “team chemistry” for their success. “Their communication has grown over the years. Just being on the court so long, they know what the other can do and can’t do, where they’re going to be.”

Coach of the Year — Scott Taylor

School: New Paltz

Vital stats: Under Taylor’s guidance, Julia Cohen and Alice Lee brought the Mid-Hudson Athletic League doubles championship back to New Paltz for a second straight year.

Quotable: “He’s a wonderful person,” said Spackenkill’s Jackie Klein, one of several coaches who nominated Taylor. “He’s an excellent coach, and look what he’s done with those kids. He knows what he’s doing.”

* Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Bob Mayerhofer, another colleague who nominated Taylor, said the Huguenots’ coach works with his young players to get the most out of them. “I see where his players not only play to their capabilities, but they also play smart.”

Honorable Mention

Arlington: Lydia Fox, Alicia Knights

Beacon: Adele Antalek, Caroline Banks

Franklin D. Roosevelt: Alexis Ferrante, Taylor Perre, Kelly Wilson

John Jay: Ananya Parlapalli, Josephine Tai

Marlboro: Michaela Kulpinski, Allison Laubach, Madeline Ross, Adriana Vacante

Our Lady of Lourdes: Dayna Dimarco, Brianna Dimisko, Emily Ferreri, Charisse Haruta, Lauren Miller, Danielle Ogonowski

Pawling: Joanna Sosiewicz

Red Hook: Allix Coon, Clea Schumer

Roy C. Ketcham: Laura Koob, Eileen Liang

Spackenkill: Priya Sarma

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