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Prep spring tennis preview


12:00 AM, Mar. 08, 2013 EST

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Ashlee Boles, Siegel, Sr.: She won the Class AAA singles title last year. Boles (17-3) may compete in doubles this year.

Aaron Jumonville, MBA, Sr.: The MTSU signee went 13-3 at No. 1 singles, but a scheduling mix-up knocked him out of the 2012 state tournament.

Maxx Lipman, Brentwood, Sr.: The Florida signee finished runner-up to three-time state champion Sean Karl in the Region 6-AAA championship and is ranked 25th nationally in boys 18s.

Steven Karl, Ravenwood, So.: The younger brother of Sean Karl is ranked in the top 20 nationally in the boys 16s.

Skylar McDonald, Fayetteville, Fr.: She went 11-0 and won the 2012 Class A/AA championship during the opening year for the school.

NOTEWORTHY

Sitting out: Ravenwood's Sean Karl, the three-time defending Class AAA boys singles champion, will miss his senior season. He is undergoing treatments for cancer, and is being home-schooled. He has signed with Tennessee. Karl (11-1) was nationally ranked in the top 25 in the boys 18s before his illness. He was named The Tennessean boys tennis player of the year the past two seasons.

Going for four: Ravenwood's girls are going for their fourth straight Class AAA title under first-year coach Robbie McCammon, a former Brentwood Academy boys coach. Chattanooga Christian is the last girls team to win four in a row, accomplishing the feat in Class A/AA from 1999-2002. The Lady Raptors lost Lauren Caballero and Madison Stankevich to graduation, but gained two talented freshmen in Emily Wiseman and Angel Asirvatham. Ravenwood also added Katie Fitt, a nationally ranked junior from Florida.

Karpos bids for history: If Montgomery Bell Academy wins its fourth consecutive Division II-AA title, senior Andrew Karpos will become the first Big Red starter to win four championships. Memphis University School may be the favorite, but MBA isn't far behind. The top of the Big Red's lineup -- Jumonville, Wofford signee Andrew Graham, Karpos and Kalyan Chadalavada -- may determine the outcome of the team's big matches. Eighth-grader George Harwell is likely to make a quick impact.

 

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