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Moreland doubles senior success

June 06, 2007|by MARK KELLER

SHENANDOAH JUNCTION, W.Va. - In her first three years of varsity tennis, Brittany Moreland never reached the state finals.

In her fourth year, she made it twice.

The Jefferson senior advanced to the West Virginia Class AAA final in both singles and doubles in 2007 and compiled an incredible record in her final season, earning her The Herald-Mail Girls Tennis Player of the Year honor.

Although Moreland came up short in both championship matches, it did little to blemish the season she put together.

"I was really excited because I went (to states) all four years of my high school career and never made it to the finals," Moreland said. "I would love to have won, but I'm satisfied with taking second."

Moreland went 32-1 in No. 2 singles as a senior, her only loss coming in the state final to Huntington's Sarah Ahmed.

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She also teamed with Christina Hammond to go 29-2 in No. 1 doubles, with one of the two losses coming in the state final to George Washington's Erica White and Alyssa Hackworth.

That's 64 total matches played for Moreland and 61 victories.

"I think my game was a little stronger, and I knew it was my last chance this year, so I needed to step it up," Moreland said. "And I wasn't as nervous on the court either. Having the experience of the last three years helped a lot with that."

Jefferson girls coach Judy Marcus said Moreland was much more composed on the court as a senior. She also said Moreland had a little of something else on her side, at least at the state tournament.

"The tournament draw was in her favor, and that's the luck. It was on her side with the draw," Marcus said. "Because she could just as easily have played the girls she faced in the late rounds in the first round. So, some of it has to do with luck."

It wasn't luck that teamed Moreland with Hammond at No. 1 doubles. This was the third year they were paired up, paying huge dividends for the Cougars and Moreland and Hammond.

"We're really close friends as well as partners, so I love getting on the court with her," Moreland said. "We know a lot about each other's games, where we're going to be on the court, so we're real comfortable playing together."

Moreland played soccer in her first two years at Jefferson, but decided to give that up to concentrate on tennis exclusively in her junior year.

"It was really tough, because I'd been playing soccer almost as long as I'd been playing tennis," Moreland said. "It was hard to give that up, but I think it was the right decision.

"She made the decision herself, and we appreciated that," Marcus said. "I think that decision brought her confidence level up, too, and made her a better tennis player."

Joining Moreland on the All-Area Girls Tennis Team:

· Rebekah Coleman, Williamsport: Senior No. 1 singles player finished 14-4 and won the Washington County singles title.

· Christina Hammond, Jefferson: Junior finished 29-2 at No. 1 singles and teamed with Moreland for a 29-2 record in No. 1 doubles.

· Stephanie Crum-Whitney Rivera, Jefferson: Crum (sophomore) and Rivera (senior) went 27-3 at No. 2 doubles; Crum was 30-1 as the Cougars' No. 3 singles player.

· Sarah Dice-Amanda Jenkins, Clear Spring: Sophomore duo went 14-3 and won the Washington County doubles title.

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