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Creek earns passing grade

October 24, 1998|By DAN SPEARS

As a college freshman, making a mistake on your final exams is to be expected.

When it's your only incorrect move of the semester, though, people will take notice.

So keep an eye on Frostburg State's Abby Creek, who was named the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Player of the Year last weekend at the conference tournament in Erie, Pa.

"Being a freshman, I was especially surprised," said Creek, who graduated from Williamsport High earlier this year. "At first, everything was overwhelming, ... but coach (Lonnie Athey) helped me out a lot to bring me up to the college level."

Creek and partner Christina Miserandino - who went 9-0 during the regular season - were the top seed in the doubles tournament, but were upset in the second round in a superset tiebreaker, 9-8 (7-2).

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"We just had an off day," Creek said. "But I think I played harder in the singles because I wanted to win something."

And so she did, taking two matches to win the No. 2 singles bracket and finish the year with a 15-0 mark by herself.

Success like that was normal for Creek at Williamsport, where she culminated her career with a trip to the state doubles tournament this spring with partner Amy Spoonire.

But this is 24-1 in college - on the first try. Getting 24 out of 25 right on a test only happens in dreams for college students.

And there was a trick question to boot. At Frostburg, tennis is in the fall, not the spring like Creek was accustomed to.

"It was a little surprising," Creek said. "I just had to practice a lot more over the summer. I didn't stop, because the season was coming up."

And Creek had her crib sheet for this test - in the form of some familiar names and faces.

"The other people here from (the area), Kathy Gercke (South Hagerstown) and Jamie Rowh (Brunswick) were so friendly," Creek said. "They took me under their wing.

"And my parents made it to most of my matches. They even came up for conference up in Erie, so it wasn't really any different than before."

Just like high school: still passing with flying colors.

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