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All-Midstate girls tennis team


1:00 AM, Jun. 14, 2013 EDT

Siegel's Ashlee Boles (top) is The Tennessean 2013 girls tennis player of the year. / HELEN COMER/DNJ

GIRLS PLAYER OF THE YEAR

ASHLEE BOLES

Seigel, Sr.

Why chosen: Boles and Marissa Kovach won the Class AAA girls doubles title with a 4-6, 6-2, 6-0 win over Ravenwood juniors Iris Hao and Katie Fitt, avenging an 8-1 loss in the Siegel duo's first match of the season. Ravenwood had won the previous three doubles championships. Boles won the singles title last year and was a semifinalist in 2011. She led Siegel to a state runner-up this season.

College: Walking on at Tennessee.

Quote: "I already had the singles (state) title, and I've played singles since my freshman year. And it was my senior year, why not switch it up a little bit? I was like, 'Hey, we already have the singles title. Let's try to win the doubles title.' We trained really hard, and the outcome couldn't be any better."

Family: Father, Gregg, and mother, Debbie. Sister, Jessica, 19. Cats, Reecie, Rascal, Simba, Mittens, Munchkin. Collie/Australian Shepherd dog, Murphy.

What's on your iPod? "I have a lot of country -- Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Shania Twain."

Best high school sports moment: "Even though I won state as a junior, I feel like winning state as a senior is better because I'm closing out my high school career, and being able to say I have two state titles -- one singles, one doubles -- is a great accomplishment, especially since Rutherford County has never had that before."

Favorite athlete: Maria Sharapova.

Favorite food: Fettuccine alfredo.

Least favorite part of practice: "Probably picking up the balls. I wish I had a ball boy out there, but I don't so that's kind of annoying. Especially when you're practicing serves, and you have to pick up the whole basket after you serve."

On Twitter: Boles_chick

Athletic background: "I actually played softball for seven years, and I played basketball for a year. But then it got to the point where I realized if you really want to excel in one you have to commit to just one and not all, so I picked tennis."

Summer plans: "Tennessee coach Mike Patrick told me to get ready, so I will be training as hard as I can. I'm actually going to be interning at a vet's office because I'm majoring in animal science with a concentration of pre-vet. So I'll be doing that part-time, and after that I'll just be training to get ready for the Tennessee team."

FIRST TEAM

SINGLES

FRANCESCA ELUHU

USN, So.

Why chosen: Eluhu (20-4) finished second in Division II-A.

ANNA LEBLEU

Harpeth Hall, Sr.

Why chosen: She made it to the Division II-AA semifinals.

HANNAH MACLELLAN

Harpeth Hall, Jr.

Why chosen: Maclellan (11-6) finished second in Division II-AA singles.

SKYLAR MCDONALD

Fayetteville, Fr.

Why chosen: She won her second straight Class A/AA title, improving her career record to 19-0.

HANNAH SHOENER

Centennial, Jr.

Why chosen: She made it to the Class AAA semifinals.

DOUBLES

ASHLEE BOLES,

MARISSA KOVACH

Siegel, Sr., and Jr.

Why chosen: Boles and Kovach won the Class AAA title, preventing a fourth straight championship for Ravenwood.

KATIE FITT, IRIS HAO

Ravenwood, Jrs.

Why chosen: Fitt and Hao (10-1) finished second in Class AAA.

SECOND TEAM

Singles

Elizabeth Clayton, Hume-Fogg, Sr.

Sarah Hall, Hendersonville, So.

Taylor Nelson, Riverdale, Jr.

Mackenzie Phillips, Brentwood Acad, So.

Rebecca Zimberg, St. Cecilia, Jr.

Doubles

Emma Alsup, So., Liza Southwick, Sr., Harpeth Hall

Makenna Hart, Sr., Brenna Minyard, Sr., Page

RECENT GIRLS TENNIS PLAYERS OF THE YEAR

2012: Ashlee Boles, Siegel

2011: Sydney Campbell, CPA

2010: Sydney Campbell, CPA

2009: Sadie Shackelford, St. Andrew's-Sewanee

2008: Gabby Rangel, Pope John Paul II

COACH OF THE YEAR

ROBBIE MCCAMMON

Why chosen: McCammon led Ravenwood (11-2) to its fourth straight Class AAA title. Chattanooga Christian was the last girls team to win four in a row (2005-08). The Lady Raptors are one short of St. Mary's record of five straight from 1988-92. McCammon is the fourth coach in as many years for Ravenwood.

Quote: "We've got 17 girls, and we've got a lot of good depth, and the girls work all year-round. It's not just a seasonal sport for these girls, and just like in any sport hard work pays off. There was definite pressure there, so when it's done and in the books it's fun, but it's also relieving."

 

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