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Plant senior tennis player Claire-Mitchell Andrews, a member of two Panthers state champion girls tennis teams, has committed to play collegiately at Florida Atlantic University.
Andrews committed to FAU on Sept. 23 after making her first college official visit there the previous weekend, her mother Dana Andrews said Monday.
Andrews, a Times All-Hillsborough County second-team selection last spring, was a key member of last year's Class 4A state title team and also won the No. 3 singles team title as a freshman as a member of Plant's Class 3A state title team in 2009.
She has lost just one non-playoff match in her three seasons on the Panthers’ varsity team. This past spring, she was Plant’s No. 2 singles player and one half of the Panthers’ No. 2 doubles team that won state gold at the Class 3A state tournament at Sanlando Park in Altamonte Springs.
She is the second member of last year’s team to commit to play college tennis. Doubles teammate Natalie Franklin committed to Mercer last month. Recently-graduated senior Amber Li, who didn’t play high school tennis her senior season, is a freshman at Yale.
Andrews and Franklin’s No. 2 doubles final win over Spruce Creek, a 6-2, 7-6 (7-2) victory that came after trailing 5-4 in the second set, gave Plant the points it needed to win the state team title outright and culminated a fantastic second-day surge – the Panthers entered Day 2 of the team finals in last place.
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