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All-Pinellas County girls tennis team

Girls

Player of the year

Danielle Collins, So., Northeast

Why we picked her: Collins is the most dominating girls player to hit the county scene in quite some time. Playing her first year of high school tennis, she was rarely tested during the regular season and won the district singles title in a 6-1, 6-1 breeze. At the Class 3A state tournament, Collins dropped three games to win the individual singles title, then rallied to defeat Gibbs' Akilah James in three sets for the overall singles championship.

Most impressive accomplishment: Collins' punishing groundstrokes and pinpoint serve were slightly off kilter in the 3A final against James, and the sophomore phenom found herself trailing 1-0 in the second set after dropping the first 6-4. That deficit would have rattled most players, but Collins collected herself, then began connecting, winning nine straight games to take complete control of the match.

Did you know? In April, Collins earned the No. 1 ranking in the nation in the USTA girls 18 division. Having already played well at a handful of professional tournaments, Collins said she will decide entering her senior year whether she wants to play tennis in college or turn pro.

First team

Morgan Basil, Sr., Shorecrest Hard-hitting senior will play for Boise State in the fall
Emily Dvorak, Jr., St. Petersburg Led Green Devils to region final and qualified for state in doubles
Akilah James, Sr., Gibbs Brooklyn transfer helped the Gladiators reach state for the first time in program history
Julia Jones, So., St. Petersburg Catholic Powerful baseliner and district champ was the engine behind the Barons' second-place finish at state (Class A)
Julia Sikorski, Fr., Seminole Won a district (4A-6) title and reached the individual singles final at state in her first season

Second team

Agatha Ambrozy, So., St. Petersburg

Alyssa Bellini, Sr., St. Petersburg Catholic

Natalie Boruk, So., Countryside

Yasmin Franco, Fr., Indian Rocks Christian

Laura Ospina, Jr., East Lake

Honorable mention

Countryside: Alex Kitchen

East Lake: Raquel Moya

Gibbs: Lindsay Hodgdon

Northside Christian: Carolina Barnett

Palm Harbor University: Samantha Azadian, Julia Teytelbaum

St. Petersburg: Sunshine Beba

St. Petersburg Catholic: Jerica Coley

Seminole: Calyn Madsen

Coach of the year

Brett Hayman, St. Petersburg Catholic Had to juggle his lineup at state because of an injury but calmly led the Barons to a second-place finish in Class A.

All-Pinellas County girls tennis team 05/15/10 [Last modified: Saturday, May 15, 2010 10:54pm]
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