The Bee's Fall All-Stars: Girls Tennis

The Fresno BeeJanuary 2, 2014 

Lora Gubler

Vitals: Senior, Redwood

Qualified because: Fifth-seed reached quarterfinals of Central Section individual singles tournament to cap 29-5 season that also saw her capture the Visalia Invitational. She went 15-2 in doubles. Helped lead Rangers to 124-0 league record in four varsity seasons while sporting 4.6 GPA.

Sravya Gudipudi

Vitals: Sophomore, Buchanan

Qualified because: No. 1 player for Tri-River Athletic Conference co-champ and section Division I runner-up Bears went 16-13 in singles and 6-3 in doubles. Reached semifinals of section individual singles tournament before losing 6-0, 6-3 to eventual champion Anastasia Drulias of Garces.

Kate Hoppe

Vitals: Junior, Edison

Qualified because: County/Metro Athletic Conference champ reached quarterfinals of section individual singles tournament before getting knocked off 6-2, 6-1 by Bee Player of the Year Milah Ryland of Clovis East. Third-year No. 1 player for the Tigers went 22-8 in singles and 10-4 in doubles.

Merica Jizmejian

Vitals: Senior, Clovis East

Qualified because: Repeat All-Bee selection finished fourth in section individual doubles tournament with Kinsley Reinhart after they won TRAC title and two matches at North Area qualifier to earn No. 2 seed. Helped Timberwolves win share of TRAC title and reach D-I semifinals by going 14-3 at No. 2 singles and 22-6 overall at doubles. She was 13-5 when playing with Reinhart.

Eryn Piearcy

Vitals: Senior, Clovis West

Qualified because: Injuries to her feet -- both placed into casts at the end of year -- cut into final season of a player who was third as a junior and fourth as a sophomore at section individual singles tournament. Went 4-2 in singles and 7-2 in doubles this season, pushing three-year records to 38-20 and 24-9.

Chelsey Ruiz

Vitals: Sophomore, Bullard

Qualified because: Captured section doubles bronze with Zoe Vargas as fifth seeds after upsetting second-seeded Jizmejian and Reinhart 6-2, 6-0 in individual tournament third-place match. Went 15-3 in singles, including a win over Ryland, and 10-2 in doubles. Ruiz, a two-time Bee All-Star, and Vargas placed second in doubles last season.

Elizabeth Schulz

Vitals: Freshman, Clovis North

Qualified because: Earned first-team All-TRAC honors after going 12-7 in singles and 18-7 in doubles. Went doubles in the postseason, teaming with Eva Julian to place fourth in TRAC and earn wild-card entry into the section doubles tournament, where they were eliminated in round of 16. Season highlight was win over Ryland.

Electa Wright

Vitals: Junior, Monache

Qualified because: Fourth seed pushed top-seeded Arianna Tilbury of Stockdale before falling 6-0, 3-6, 6-4 in section individual semifinal. Went on to place fourth to cap 33-2 season to go with 14-0 mark in doubles. Three-time East Yosemite League singles champ has career records of 87-8 and 42-2.

Honorable mentions

Taryn Araki, senior, Selma

Teji Dulai, senior, Corcoran

Kristen Clore, senior, Central

Aly Honore, junior, Sanger

Lauren Lee, sophomore, Buchanan

Jenna Miller, senior, Redwood

Payton Morrison, junior, Clovis

Lilly Moua, senior, Sunnyside

Sarah Natalie, junior, Clovis West

Kinsley Reinhart, senior, Clovis East

Alexis Rodriguez, senior, Clovis

Julie Sanchez, senior, Sanger

Brooke Sanford, senior, Buchanan

Kristine Schneider, senior, Golden West

Mary Kate Shellworth, junior, Buchanan

Sienna Swain, sophomore, Buchanan

Zoe Vargas, sophomore, Bullard

Coaching kudos

Jonathan Slater, Buchanan: Led the Tri-River Athletic Conference co-champion Bears into the CIF Southern California Regionals for the second straight season after finishing as the Central Section Division I runner-up during a 20-6 season.

Janine Sodersten, Clovis East: Coached the third-place singles player (Milah Ryland) and fourth-place doubles team (Merica Jizmejian-Kinsley Reinhart) during a season that saw the Timberwolves end Buchanan's 29-match league winning streak, tie the Bears for the TRAC title and reach the semifinals of the Central Section Division I playoffs.

Carolyn Kilpack, Central: Helped Grizzlies go from a No. 7 seed to the D-II runner-up, coming close to the school's first section girls tennis title in a 5-4 loss to Frontier that featured a 6-3, 2-6, 10-6 loss at No. 2 doubles.

Debbie Sultenfuss, Selma: Directed the Bears to their first section girls tennis title, beating Taft 8-1 in the D-IV final to cap a 21-4 season that also saw the team share the Central Sequoia League crown with Immanuel.

Robert Lerma, Corcoran: Led Panthers into the D-V finals for the second straight season, this time capturing the school's first section title with a 6-3 victory over Coalinga to finish a 22-0 season that also included the East Sequoia League crown.

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