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All-County girls tennis

By SCOTT PURKS
Published May 22, 2007


All-County Girls Tennis

 

Player of the Year Megan Broderick, Alonso, Sr.

Why we picked her: Broderick not only won the Class 4A state individual title the past two years, but won them without dropping a set throughout the district, region and state tournaments. This season Broderick also helped lead her team to a runnerup finish in the Class 4A state tournament.

Most impressive accomplishment: As a high school competitor, Broderick said winning consecutive Class 4A individual state titles as a junior and senior was her greatest accomplishment. Outside high school competition, Broderick's greatest achievement would be finishing second in singles at last weekend's (May 12-13) USTA National 18-under Open in Kentucky. Broderick also won the doubles at the USTA National competition in Kentucky.

College plans: Has signed a scholarship with the University of Kentucky.

Did you know?: Broderick has been home schooled since she began high school. "I think it was a good decision because being home schooled helped me organize my days between schoolwork and tennis, " Broderick said. "I did miss some of the social aspect with being in school, and I do wonder about that, but I think, in the end, I made the right decision."

Quote: "I'm nervous about going to college, " Broderick said. "Not because of the tennis but because of the being-away-from-home thing."

First team

 

Racquel Hylton Alonso, So.

Finished undefeated through the regular season and followed through with an undefeated record at the state tournament.

 

Caitlyn McKenna Freedom, Jr.

No. 1 singles player led Patriots to a district runnerup finish. Expected to walk on at St. Louis University in the fall.

 

Jamie Mera Chamberlain, Jr.

Mera defeated Broderick in the regular season but fell short in the individual state tournament competition. Mera still helped lead the Chiefs to a second-place team finish at the Class 3A state tournament.

 

Kelly Palmer Tampa Prep, So.

Palmer, though only a sophomore, made her third trip to the Class A state tournament, losing in the quarterfinals.

 

Erin Snook Alonso, Fr.

Playing for almost any other team, Snook is a No. 1 player. At No. 2, Snook went 15-0 during the regular season and teamed with Broderick to help lead Alonso to a second-place team finish.

Coach of the Year Helen Soash, Alonso

Soash, always enthusiastic, helped her team reach the state tournament for the third time in four years. If a few points go differently, in a couple of matches, the Ravens just might have been the Class 4A state team champions.

Second team

Gabriela Ospina, Alonso, Sr.

Alyssa Lafita, Newsome, Jr.

Jennifer Miller, Chamberlain, So.

Melissa Narzissenfeld, Academy of the Holy Names, So.

Meghan Sullivan, Tampa Catholic, So.

 

Honorable Mention

Academy of the Holy Names - Kim Renspie Armwood - Paige Palinkas Berkeley Prep - Maria Patco, Amanda Morejon Brandon - Lydia Miller, Brandi Rafield Bloomingdale - Anjuli Gupta Chamberlain - Chelsea Townes, Mabry Fisher Durant - Jane Nappi East Bay - Kelly Leeper Freedom - Caitlin Russo, Bridget McKenna Hillsborough - Jodi Kleiner Jefferson - Charlene Smith King - Sarah Eriksson Newsome - Kelly Raymond, Breklyn Ballingham Plant - Solange LaPuente, Morgan Nolan Plant City - Arielle Rallyson Sickles - Christian Bensinger.

Compiled by Times staff writer Scott Purks.