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All-Hillsborough County girls tennis

Amber Li, who took a stab at the piano for about five years, didn’t drop a set on her way to another team final.

BRIAN CASSELLA | Times

Amber Li, who took a stab at the piano for about five years, didn’t drop a set on her way to another team final.

Player of the Year Amber Li, So., Plant

Li led Plant to the Class 3A state team title with her straight-sets victory march to the No. 1 singles team title. She was runnerup in overall singles competition, and part of Plant's No. 1 doubles tandem to finish runnerup.

Most impressive accomplishment: In just her second season, Li advanced to her second team final, this time with straight-set victories in each of her three team-singles matches.

Did you know? Two things. The more elegant of the two would be her attempt at playing piano when she was younger. She took it on for roughly five years and admits she was no Billy Joel, but it's a talent that likely would have developed. Her latest desire is to own a pet pig. Though her neighbors on Harbour Island might disagree, Li thinks it would make a great addition to her household.

College plans: Li has two more years of high school, but she already has her eyes on the Ivy Leagues.

First team

Claire Mitchell-Andrew, Fr., Plant: Won Class 3A No. 3 singles state title and teamed with Li to reach the No. 1 doubles team final.

Kelly Palmer, Jr., Tampa Prep: Won Class A, District 9 title and advanced to state in individual singles and doubles.

Meghan Sullivan, Sr., Tampa Catholic: Won the No. 2 singles region and district matches.

Sofia Kim, Sr., Berkeley Prep: Won No. 3 singles match at Class A state tournament; won district title.

Jennifer Miller, Sr., Chamberlain: Top player for the Chiefs provided leadership and tough competition.

Second team

Erin Snook, Jr., Alonso

Amanda Morejon, Sr., Berkeley Prep

Carol Fraley, So., Plant

Morgan Nolan, Jr., Plant

Kelly Sullivan, So., Tampa Catholic

Honorable mention

Academy of the Holy Names: Bianca Roberts; Berkeley Prep: Maria Dactu; Chamberlain: McKenzie O'Brien, Ashima Singh; Durant: Kara Cecil; Freedom: Taylor Wiseman; Newsome: Jordan Lameier, Jacki Watson; Plant: Brooke Josepher; Tampa Prep: Ellie Walling, Heather Walsh

Coach of the Year

Lynn Vu, Plant

Vu managed a team of 16 girls to the program's first state title. A more delicate balancing act was managing a team loaded with talent and doing her best to reward the girls with playing time throughout the season. She also kept the team composed when a key player quit just before the state tournament.

Izzy Gould, Times staff writer

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All-Hillsborough County girls tennis 06/02/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 2, 2009 11:05pm]
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