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July 9, 2013

Salem News 2013 Girls Tennis All-Stars

SALEM NEWS GIRLS TENNIS PLAYER OF THE YEAR

TORY BOOTH

Marblehead Sophomore

First Singles

Inexperience didn’t hinder Marblehead’s Tory Booth in her freshman season with the Magicians in 2012. So with a season under her belt this spring, the youngster had an outstanding sophomore campaign.

The Northeastern Conference was bursting at the seams with talent this year as teams like Beverly, Peabody, Swampscott and Danvers all boasted elite first singles players. But Booth beat them all as the Magicians went 16-0 in the NEC and 20-2 overall.

“Tory has the concentration to move people around the court,” said Beverly head coach Keith Brickhouse. “It’s like she’s almost playing a chess match, where she knows how to move her opponents and play them well. She’s an athletic kid.”

The Player of the Year in the NEC Small, Booth relies on her biggest strengths — a phenomenal serve, footwork and stamina — when she’s on the court. The highly competitive sophomore earned the No. 4 seed for the North State Individual Tournament and made it to the quarterfinals.

Booth doesn’t get lured in by opponents looking to play long points by putting plenty of topspin on the ball.

“I think I came out really strong this season and played really aggressively, which was different from last year,” said Booth. “I think everyone on the team stepped it up, had a really great season and it was a lot fun.”

THE ALL-STARS

ANNA RAPTUNOVICH

Swampscott Sophomore

First Singles

Was phenomenal in her second season as the Big Blue’s No. 1 singles player, going 17-4 … Had two strong matches against NEC Player of the Year Victoria Booth of Marblehead … Considers pro tennis superstar Maria Sharapova to be her biggest athletic influence … Second team NEC all star … Impressive range and relentlessness make her a very tough opponent on the court.

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