Varsity Spring All-metro

Girls Tennis

Player of the Year

June 06, 2007

Annie Wu, Bryn Mawr -- Wu captured her third straight Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland championship with a win over Roland Park sophomore Lindsey Katz, 6-0, 6-1. The two had split their regular-season matches before meeting in the final. Wu, a senior, finished 11-1. She was a No. 1 singles player for four years. "She is a very focused player who gets the job done," Roland Park coach Kate Brendler said.

Coach of the Year

Kate Brendler, Bryn Mawr -- Bryn Mawr captured the IAAM A Conference championship by finishing the regular season with a 12-0 record. It was the third straight conference title for the Mawrtians, who shared the title with Roland Park in 2005. The team also won in 2003. In addition to Wu's singles championship, sophomore Laura Simmons won the No. 2 singles final with a win over Kasey Harvey of Notre Dame Prep, 6-1, 6-1. Claire Gottsch and Maddie Koerber won the No. 3 doubles championship for the second straight year, defeating McDonogh's Carly Billig and Katlyn Mangerie, 6-2,6-2.

The team

Brittany Bolster, Liberty -- Bolster has never lost a match in Carroll County league play. The junior won the Region VII singles championship before losing in the state quarterfinals. "She is mostly a baseline player and is evolving like most high school players, who are learning what they can and cannot do," Liberty coach Bruce Damasio said. "She has good court savvy and has great character."

Katie Carlson and Caroline Kable, Notre Dame Prep -- Carlson (top), a senior, and Kable (bottom), a junior, were doubles partners for two years at the No. 1 position, compiling a 25-1 record and winning two IAAM tournament championships. "They were great complements for each other," coach Lynn Taylor said. "Katie charging the net, using her height and reach to snag every ball she could. Caroline was a retriever, chasing down anything that got by Katie. Both girls were great to coach, they believed in themselves and tried everything I asked them to do. As tennis players we tend to be individuals, but these girls knew how to be a team." Carlson will attend the University of Richmond.

Alanna Casey, Bel Air -- Casey captured the Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference championship after finishing the season 13-1. Casey, who also finished second in Region VII, later fell on the second day of the state tournament to Katherine Charchalis of Hereford. "Her game is very adaptable, and that is why she was able to beat so many players," Bel Air coach Mike Daniel said. "She is able to run a lot of balls down." The senior will attend the University of Delaware in the fall.

Katherine Charchalis, Hereford -- Charchalis won the Baltimore County championship by beating defending champion Lolita Kachay of Pikesville. Kachay had previously handed Charchalis her only loss of the season. She also won the District VI regional title. The junior advanced to the state quarterfinals before losing to the eventual champion, Katelyn Stokes of Eleanor Roosevelt.

Grace Cheng, River Hill -- The junior won the Howard County championship over Haley Katsman of Marriotts Ridge and finished the regular season undefeated. Cheng then beat Katsman again for the regional championship. She advanced to the state semifinals, where she lost to Kathryn Schafer of Linganore.

Michelle Jordan, Broadneck -- Jordan capped another stellar year by capturing her second straight Anne Arundel County championship and then winning a regional championship. The junior also qualified for her third straight state tournament. She also led the Falcons to the county team championship. Jordan lost in the state quarterfinals to River Hill's Grace Cheng.

Lindsay Katz, Roland Park -- Katz only had one loss in the regular season -- to Annie Wu of Bryn Mawr. She was seeded No. 1 in the IAAM tournament after eventually splitting the regular-season matchups with Wu. Katz then lost in the finals of that tournament to Wu, 6-0, 6-1. Katz, a sophomore, will be regarded as one of the top returning players in the IAAM next season.

Laura Simmons, Bryn Mawr -- Simmons won the IAAM No. 2 singles final and finished the season 12-0. She will be a candidate to replace Annie Wu as Bryn Mawr's No. 1 singles player next season.

Julia Southerland, Atholton -- Southerland and her mixed doubles partner John Healey were the only players from the metro area to make it to a championship game in the state tournament. The two ended their season with the state championship after winning the county title and regional title. Note -- Team selected by Todd Karpovich after consultation with The Sun staff and area coaches.

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