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July 8, 2014

2014 Salem News Girls Tennis All-Stars

2014 GIRLS TENNIS PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Anna Raptunovich

Swampscott Junior

The Swampscott girls tennis team made a postseason push all the way to the Division 3 North final this spring — and leading the charge for the Big Blue was first singles star Anna Raptunovich.

Raptunovich brought poise and talent to Swampscott's top singles spot. The junior finished the season with an impressive 15-3 record, earning her Northeastern Conference MVP honors.

"She's a player with a lot of confidence," Swampscott head coach Nina Rogers said of Raptunovich. "Anna plays year-round and has a lot of focus. She always has a good strategy and knows what shot to hit."

Raptunovich had one of her best matches of the season against arch rival Marblehead by winning her match decisively, 6-1, 6-2. She also scored a big win over Austin Prep's Maddy Shaw in the Division 3 North semifinals.

A savvy player who works her opponent from sideline to sideline, Raptunovich knows all the angles on the court.

She says that Maria Sharapova has been the biggest influence on her tennis career. "Especially before she messed up her shoulder," said Raptunovich. "Her serve and running skills inspired me to play tennis better."

 

THE ALL-STARS

SOPHIE CLAUS

Beverly Junior

Second Singles

Had her best performance of the season against Danvers by defeating her opponent 6-2, 6-1 ... Will be a team captain for the 2015 Panthers ... Finished the spring with a record of 11-5 ... Credits her leadership and tennis growth to the help of her brother ... Holds a 4.46 grade point average and is ranked eighth in her class ... Was the Beverly team MVP and earned Northeastern Conference all-star honors.

 

REBECCA COSTA

Masconomet Junior

Third Singles

Named to the Cape Ann League's All-League team ... Had her best match against a very strong Newton South squad in the Chieftains' first round state tournament win ... Lost only one league match this season ... Holds a 4.76 grade point average ... Helped lead Masconomet all the way to the Division 1 North playoff semifinals.

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