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Girls' Tennis Athlete of the Year
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Girls' Tennis Athlete of the Year



Chrissie Nolan
Glenbrook North High School, Northbrook, Illinois

"Athletes like Chrissie Nolan are among the success stories produced in high school athletics today," NHSCA executive director Bob Ferraro said. "She has worked extremely hard to develop her skills and has become one of the best tennis players in the entire nation, and we are proud to be honoring her."  Nolan was unbeaten as a senior, winning her third consecutive state singles title with a perfect 30-0 season record. She became the third girl to win three state singles, and the first since 1978. Nolan, whose career singles record was 106-3, led Glenbrook North to a sixth-place state finish.  



Brittany Dietz
Osborne High School, Osborne, Kansas   

"Athletes like Brittany Dietz are among the success stories produced in high school athletics today," NHSCA executive director Bob Ferraro said. "She has worked extremely hard to develop her skills and has become one of the best tennis players not only in the state of Kansas, but the entire nation, and we are proud to be honoring her." Dietz is the only female player in the nation to win a fourth state singles title this year, winning the Class 3A-2A-A title last fall and completing two consecutive unbeaten seasons. She also earned National High School All-America honors in the NHSCA National Sports Festival the past two years, in 1999 at Jekyll Island, Ga. and in 2000 at Orlando, Florida.



Rankin Williams
Needham Broughton High School, Raleigh, North Carolina

"Athletes like Rankin Williams are among the success stories produced in high school athletics today," NHSCA executive director Bob Ferraro said. "She has worked extremely hard to develop her skills and has become one of the best tennis players not only in the state of North Carolina, but the entire nation, and we are proud to be honoring her." Coached by Steve Spivey, the NHSCA National High School Girls Tennis of the Year in 2000, Williams became one of the most dominating players in state history. She was undefeated in 94 singles matches during her career, helping lead Broughton High to four consecutive Class 4A dual state titles. After winning Class 4A state singles titles as a sophomore and junior, Williams elected to pass up a bid for a third singles title in favor of teaming with her sister, Hampton, a freshman, to play in the state doubles tournament (North Carolina does not permit players to play both singles and doubles in the individual state tournament series). The sisters went on to win the doubles title. 



Anne Yelsey
Corona del Mar High School, Newport Beach, California

"Anne Yelsey has continually enjoyed enormous success on both the singles and doubles tennis scene," said NHSCA executive director Bob Ferraro. "The NHSCA is proud to honor Anne Yelsey as the National High School Senior Girls Tennis Athlete of the Year." Yelsey will continue here academic and athletic endeavors at Stanford University after closing out a high school career that seems to have put her directly in the center of the national tennis scene. A two-time doubles champion at the USTA Supernational Clay Court Championships, Yelsey also won the doubles title at the USTA Girls' 18 National Hard Court Championship with Riza Zalameda. Yelsey also holds the singles and doubles titles at the Easter Bowl Girls' 18 Championship. 



Nicole Leimbach
Pine Creek High School, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Leimbach also finished her prep career will four state titles to earn NHSCA Senior Athlete of the Year honors.  Leimbach, who holds a 59-0 career mark, never lost a set during her high school tennis career and will hope to continue her success at the University of Southern California.    



Katie Potts
Divine Savior Holy Angels High School, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

A four-time Division I state finalist, Potts finished her senior year with a 26-1 overall record, a 24-match winning streak and back-to-back state titles, also leading DSHA to the team title. That accomplishment earned her a mention in Sports Illustrated magazine's Faces in the Crowd section in the December 6, 2004 issue. Potts, whose career record was 126-5, is a three-time All-America selection by the National High School Tennis All-American Foundation. A three-sport athlete, she scored a goal and an assist in the state title game to lead the Dashers to the Division I girls soccer crown this spring and also was a starting forward on the basketball team. She will attend the University of Notre Dame.



Pavi Francis
Marcus High School, Lewisville, Texas

Not many players are fortunate to win two state singles titles in hotly-competitive Texas, but Francis has accomplished the feat. Despite a loss in the finals of the region tournament earlier this month - her first in high school competition since the state tournament her freshman year - she has a chance to make it three titles later this month. If she accomplishes the feat, the reigning Dallas Morning News Most Valuable Player will become the first three-time champion in Class 5A - the state's highest class - in 35 years. Also active on the junior tennis circuit, she will attend Southern Methodist University.  



Whitney Taney
Edina High School, Edina, Minnesota

Taney was unbeaten in a six-year high school career, winning all 166 matches in which she competed. That total included 150 singles victories and 16 doubles victories. Taney was the state doubles champion as an eighth-grader and as a freshman, following that with state singles titles as a sophomore, junior and senior. Edina won the state team title all six seasons. As a junior player, Taney has won 174 consecutive USTA Northern Section matches and 42 consecutive tournaments, and has been ranked as high as No. 9 nationally in singles and No. 5 in doubles. She will attend the University of Michigan.



Shinann Featherston
St. Francis Preparatory School, Fresh Meadows, New York

Featherston never lost a high school match, finishing her career as a three-time state singles champion. She didn't drop a set in the state tournament last fall, losing only 13 games in four matches. A University of North Carolina commitment, Featherston, the daughter of two New York City firefighters, has a pair of sisters, Martina and Eleanora, who play at Fordham University, and Martina was a state doubles champion. Shinann Featherston will try to become a four-time New York City Mayor's Cup champion later this year. On the junior circuit, Featherston reached the top 10 in the 12-, 14- and 16-year-old age groups, and as a 16-year-old was ranked No. 3 nationally in singles and No. 1 nationally in doubles. Currently, she stands No. 20 in the 18-year-old age group after going 34-12 last year.



Elizabeth Epstein
The Francis Parker School, Chicago, Illinois

Last fall, Epstein became the ninth girl in Illinois high school history to win multiple state singles titles after beating the two-time defending state doubles champion, Nida Hamilton of Hinsdale Central High, 6-4, 6-4 in the championship match, and was named the Chicago Tribune/WGN-Channel 9 Athlete of the Month for October for her accomplishment. Competing in a field that included six players on's Blue Chip list, Epstein did not lose a set in six state tournament matches as a senior. She also won the state title in straight sets as a junior and was the state runnerup as a sophomore, winning the opening set of the title match. Ranked in's top 30 seniors, Epstein owns a 27-14 junior record. She will attend Yale University.



Lilly Kimbell
New Braunfels High School, New Braunfels, Texas

Earlier this month, the 5-foot-7 Kimbell became the ninth girl in Texas high school history to win four state singles titles, and the first to win any of them in 5A, the state’s largest classification. She followed up two 4A titles with a pair of 5A crowns. In her four state tournament appearances, Kimbell never lost a set, and dropped just 16 games in four state tournament matches this year. Last fall, Kimbell led New Braunfels to its third straight team title and second in 5A, and the Unicorns have won 75 straight matches and 120 of their last 123. Ranked No. 5 on’s Blue Chip list, Kimbell was the Orange Bowl Under-16 singles and doubles champion in 2007 and was the Texas Sectionals Grand Slam champion in 2009. In 2009 and again this year, she won a gold ball in doubles in the USTA Spring Supernationals and swept the singles and doubles titles in the Under-18 National Open Championships. She will attend the University of Georgia.



Brooke Urzendowski
Marian High School, Omaha, Nebraska              

The 5-foot-7 Urzendowski became the second girl to become a four-time Class A state champion at No. 1 singles, posting three unbeaten seasons and completing her career with an overall record of 115-2. That included year-by-year records of 29-0 as a freshman, 25-2 as a sophomore, 32-0 as a junior and 29-0 this year. She is a four-time Metro Conference champion, a three-time Nebraska Girls Player of the Year and a three-time captain of The Omaha World-Herald All-State First Team. A four-star recruit ranked No. 126 nationally by, Urzendowski owns a career Junior record of 21-15 and was the Missouri Valley Girls-16 Player of the Year in 2009. Also an outstanding student, Urzendowski owns a 4.3 GPA (of 4.0), ranks No. 13 in a class of 163 and was named to The Lincoln Journal-Star Academic All-State Team. The Saint Louis University signee is a member of the National Honor Society, the National English Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta National Mathematics Honor Society. She also finished third in the Sports News Coverage category in the Nebraska School Activities Association State Journalism Championships this month.



Ronit Yurovsk
Plum High School, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Ranked the No. 8 recruit nationally by and the top-ranked player from the Middle Atlantic region, Yurovsky completed her career by winning her second consecutive 3Astate singles title last fall. She was a four-time state place winner,finishing third in state as a sophomore and second in state as a freshman. Before winning her second state title, Yurovsky became just the second girl to become a three-time Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League (WPIAL) singles champion. She lost just five singles matches in her high school career and was undefeated in regular-season play. Currently ranked No. 16 on the USTA Under-18 girls list, Yurovsky owns a 14-8 Junior record. The University of Michigan recruit claimed the singles title at the 2010 USTA Interscholastic Championship East and was a bronze ball winner as a semifinalist at the 2008Easter Bowl. This winter, she was a semifinalist in the USTAUnder-18 Regional Segment and a finalist in the USTA Under-18National Open, both held in Grand Rapids, Mich. Yurovsky also was named a 2011 Scholar-Athlete Extra Effort Award recipient and is a volunteer for the Make a Wish Foundation and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Awareness Fund.



Rasheeda McAdoo
American Heritage High School, Delray Beach, Florida  

Rasheeda McAdoo closed-out her high school career by winning her second straight overall Florida individual singles title. McAdoo, who is the daughter of NBA legend Bob McAdoo, who is currently an assistant coach with the NBA champion Miami Heat, is only one of 24 girls to win more than one Florida individual state championship since the state began holding them in 1938. McAdoo, who will attend Georgia Tech on a tennis scholarship, is ranked #5 in America on the junior circuit. She was undefeated as a junior and a senior.



Cassie Mercer
Huntington High School, Huntington, West Virginia

Cassie Mercer closed out her incredible high school tennis career with her fourth straight No. 1 singles state championship. In addition, she teamed-up with Kate Huck to wins the state’s #1 double title. Mercer, who will attend the University of Virginia, is a great student and has playing on the United States Tennis Association’s junior circuit since 2006. She’s currently ranked #11 in the country by Mercer is West Virginia’s first girls’ tennis player to be honored by the NHSCA.



Kate Fahey
Rumson-Fair Haven High School, Rumson, New Jersey

Kate Fahey was the #1 college recruit according to during her senior season.  After finishing runner-up as a sophomore and taking-off to compete nationally as a junior, Fahey captured New Jersey’s singles’ championship during her senior season. Fahey will attend Michigan to play college tennis.

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