2008 Girls Tennis All-Stars
Lauren Wilmarth%Phillips Academy%Jr.
*— Eagle-Tribune MVP
Andover — Satin Darkar, Jr.
Brooks — Eliza Perocchi, Soph.
Central Catholic — Kasey Cook, Sr.; Maggie Hillman, Soph.
Greater Lawrence — Heather Le, Soph.
Haverhill — Yuri Oiwake, Jr.; Kristin Kelly, Jr.; Callie Garrison, Jr.
Lawrence — Beatiz Mendoza, Frosh.; Penelope Cornelio, Sr.
Londonderry — Jen Kutt, Sr.; Katie Bever, Sr.
Methuen — Karyn Erickson, Sr.; Jessica Donovan, Sr.
North Andover — Sarah Bouldin, Sr.; Kristin Zanotti, Jr.; Alex Specht, Frosh.
North Reading — Lauren Liebman, Sr.
Pelham — Leslie McCabe, Sr.
Pentucket — Liza Pope, Sr.; Carena Webber, Jr.; Cara Freitas, Sr.
Phillips — Elizabeth Kelly, Frosh.
Pinkerton — Laurel Salladay, Soph.; Hannah Sawyer, Jr.
Salem — Nicole Antonelli, Sr.; Caitlyn Peters, Jr.
Sanborn — Hannah Sawyer, Jr.; Kim Surette, Soph.; Shayla Santos, Frosh.
Timberlane — Stephanie Andrade, Jr.
ALI McKINNEY, Londonderry Senior, Singles
Went 16-0 in regular season. Teamed with Kelli Murphy as No. 1-seeded doubles team in state, losing in state open finals. Strong with steady strokes. Year-round player since third grade. Brilliant student. Twenty-one hour days weren't unusual for her. Valedictorian in class of 435. Scored 2,240 on SATs including 800 in writing. Student council president. Headed to Stanford to major in public policy.
LAUREN WILMARTH, Phillips Academy Junior, Singles
Her victory clinched the NEPSAC Tourney title over powerhouse Milton. Andover resident. Finished 8-2 in singles. Adept doubles player on No. 1 tandem that went 6-1. Co-captain. Scored 750 on her math SATs. Won New England USTA U16 sportsmanship award last year. Rated No. 12 in the U18 division in New England. Twin sister Victoria plays doubles for Phillips. Their mother is a physical therapist.
HANNAH HOERNER, Andover Senior Singles
MVC Division 1 Player of Year. Went from non-varsity as freshman to team MVP. Undefeated in MVC, finished 13-1 overall. Tri-captain. Uses her height (5-foot-10) effectively at net. "She goes 110 percent all the time and never backs down," said Andover coach Jen Griffin. Played second singles as a junior. Intends to play at Bowdoin. Placed 83rd in the EMass Division 1 cross country meet.
KATIE COSGROVE, Methuen Junior, Singles
Top player for much-improved Methuen squad. MVC Division 2 Player of Year. Went 10-3 in the regular season. Steady baseline player becoming more aggressive at net. "And she has a passion and love for the game," said coach Eileen Malloy. Dominated most matches. MVC All-Star as a sophomore and freshman. One of 19 Methuen juniors on the high honor roll last term. Three-year member of band.
RACHAEL TROTTA AND ATHENA LYNCH
Bolted onto varsity scene with terrific first season. All-MVC. Unbeaten in regular season. Advanced to Round of 16 at North doubles tournament. "They just work so well together," said Andover coach Jen Griffin. Trotta, a junior who has played varsity three years, boasts a fine serve and quick feet. Lynch, a hard-hitting senior tri-captain who was one of the top math students in her class, is headed to Simmons College.
HALEY GUSTAFSON AND KATIE VEASEY
Finished with 10-3 record in regular season. Advanced to state tournament open quarterfinals. "Their matches were a beautiful thing to watch," said coach Beth Vitas. Gustafson, a senior who graduated in the top 10 percent of her class, is headed to WPI to study genetic engineering. She was 11-3 at No. 1 singles and reached the state open quarterfinals. Veasey, a junior, was 10-3 at No. 2 singles and skies in the winter.
Super sophomore Murphy will only get better
It's easy to forget that Londonderry ace Kelli Murphy is only a sophomore.
Murphy became the first local New Hampshire tennis player to ever win a state individual championship. That was a lot of heartbreak as the boys tourney is 52 years old and the girls tourney is 42 years old. She also led the Lancers to a runner-up finish in the state team tourney.
Undefeated in the regular season (14-0), Murphy continued to roll in both the individual and team state tournaments. Murphy showed her skills in doubles as well, teaming with Ali McKinney to finish second in the state.
While The Eagle-Tribune MVP cruised in most of her matches, she showed that she could respond when the pressure was on. In the state open finals against Manchester Central's Margaret Teague, she trailed 5-4 and 5-3 before rallying for straight-set 7-5 victories.
An Eagle-Tribune All-Star as a freshman, Murphy took a different approach this spring.
"Kelli is very likeable and easy-going and I think she has learned to bring that to the court, to relax more and stay focused," said coach Patty Milka. "I expect to see her become an even stronger player because of her mental attitude."
A hard hitter, Murphy can change her game when necessary and she showed an ability to place terrific lobs during the state tournament. A year-round player, she works on her game with her father and local pros.
There seems to be no question that, as good as she is, the best is yet to come.
Former Eagle-Tribune MVPs
2007 — Kristina Black-Rikki Sartor, Andover; 2006 — Beth Huard, Londonderry; 2005 — Katherine Burke, Salem; 2004 — Marsha Mogilevich, Andover; 2003 — Marsha Mogilevich, Andover; 2002 — Jill Harrison, Salem; 2001 — Jill Harrison, Salem; 2000 — Jill Oppenheim, Andover; 1999 — Jill Oppenheim, Andover; 1998 — Kate Harrison, Salem; 1997 — Heather Young, Andover; 1996 — Heather Young, Andover; 1995 — Heather Young, Andover; 1994 — Alison Georgian, Andover; 1993 — Alison Georgian, Andover; 1992 — Alison Georgian, Andover; 1991 — Jolie Stadelman, Lawrence; 1990 — Jolie Stadelman, Lawrence