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All-Area Girls Tennis -- Mumaw refuses to settle

June 08, 2009|By DAN KAUFFMAN

Washington sophomore Katelyn Mumaw went 28-2 at No. 1 singles, 26-3 with partner Stephanie Crum at No. 1 doubles, reached the West Virginia Class AAA state semifinals in both disciplines, and all she can think about is her 6-0, 6-0 loss to Stephanie Fox of Cabell Midland in the girls singles state semis.

Which might explain a little bit about why Mumaw is so good -- there's no settling for being less than the best.

"It all goes back to that semifinal match," she said. "I want to win states and beat the girl who beat me. She was a sophomore as well, and she had this wicked topspin lob that took me back to the fence and I need to take that out of the air. I'm going to work on moving into court and work on my net game.

"My goal was to win the state title. I have two more years to get it it and I'm going to refocus and train hard."

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For the second straight year, Mumaw is The Herald-Mail's 2009 All-Area Girls Tennis Player of the Year.

As a freshman in 2008, Mumaw went 30-2 at No. 1 singles and 26-2 at No. 1 doubles, reaching the singles state semis.

She followed that up with another outstanding campaign, earning a spot on the West Virginia all-state team. Her sights are set on even bigger things in the future.

"She's one of the most solid female tennis players ever to come through our area, that's for sure," Washington coach Chris Walter said. "Having her on the team another two years is a nice card to have."

Don't expect Mumaw to enjoy the offseason -- there is no such thing.

"She's definitely a year-round player," Walter said. "She takes lessons a few days a week and plays a lot of USTA tournaments. Her skills are definitely honed."

Mumaw is joined on the Herald-Mail All-Area Team by:

Sarah Dice and Amanda Jenkins, Clear Spring -- The seniors closed their careers out in style, winning their third straight Washington County doubles title and their first Region I title before going 3-1 at the state tournament for third place. They finished 9-1 in doubles, while Dice went 14-0 and Jenkins 12-1 in singles during the regular season.

Stephanie Crum, Washington -- The senior went 25-4 at No. 2 singles and reached the West Virginia Class AAA state semifinals in addition to her doubles accomplishments with Mumaw.

Katie Perry and Jenny Perry, Jefferson -- The sisters, both seniors, teamed up to go 21-8 at No. 1 doubles and finish second to Mumaw and Crum at regionals. Katie Perry went 20-10 at No. 1 singles and Jenny Perry was 23-7 at No. 2 singles and won the region title.

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