Who are some of the top area girls tennis players to watch heading into this season? Find our top eight below.
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*This list is in alphabetical order.
Macy Abernathy, Ozark, Junior
Abernathy went to state with doubles partner Madison Woods last season where they finished tied for ninth. Abernathy and Woods combined for a 17-16 record on the season. She was the champion at No. 3 singles in the Central Ozark Conference as she posted a record of 14-5 on the season in singles. The junior helped Ozark win the Class 2 District 10 team championship as well.
Madeline Fulk, Central, Junior
Fulk and doubles partner Evelyn VanDenBerg qualified for the Class 2 state tournament last year where they finished eighth overall. The duo posted an overall record of 19-6 in doubles. Fulk was 12-5 as an individual at the No. 4 spot for the state-qualifying Lady Bulldogs team. She also was a state qualifier as an individual in her freshman season.
Lyndsey Hood, Mt. Vernon, Senior
Hood qualified for the Class 1 state doubles tournament with now-graduated partner Stevie Meirick and finished 16th overall. The senior finished with an 18-5 record in singles last year. She will be the leader of a Mt. Vernon team that won the Class 1 District 11 team title. The Lady Mountaineers finished 14-2 overall as a team in 2017 after falling to Rogersville in the state sectional round.
Erin Jarvis, Catholic, Sophomore
Jarvis was the No. 2 player for Catholic’s state-qualifying team in 2017. She posted a 12-3 record from that spot for the Lady Irish as they finished fourth as a team at the Class 1 state tournament. She qualified for state in the doubles draw with now-graduated Cecilia Bailey. The duo went 1-2 in the doubles draw, finishing their run at state in the consolation quarterfinals.
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Casey Lee, Catholic, Senior
Lee was a force for Catholic as the No. 3 singles player for the Lady Irish, who finished 18-3 overall as a team. She posted a 26-1 record from the No. 3 spot to help the Lady Irish to a fourth-place finish at the Class 1 state team tennis tournament. Lee didn’t qualify for state in 2017, but expect a strong season from the senior.
Mattie Miles, Rogersville, Senior
Miles is the leader of the Rogersville tennis program. She earned a berth at the Class 1 state tournament in the singles draw last year and finished eighth overall. The senior also was the No. 1 player for a Rogersville team that finished 11-7 overall and won the Class 1 District 10 team title before falling to Springfield Catholic in the state quarterfinals.
Kaitlyn Snyder, Republic, Senior
Snyder had a strong junior season that saw her qualify for state as an individual. The senior was the COC Large champion in singles and in doubles. At the Class 2 state tournament, Snyder finished tied for ninth in the singles draw. Snyder posted a final record of 21-8 in singles and 15-3 in doubles in 2017.
Evelyn VanDenBerg, Central, Junior
VanDenBerg was the No. 2 player for a Central girls’ team that won the Class 2 District 11 title and finished fourth in Class 2 with a 15-6-1 dual record. She partnered with Madeline Fulk and finished eighth overall at the Class 2 state doubles tournament, while posting a season doubles record of 19-6. She finished 12-5 in singles in 2017.