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All-County Girls Tennis -- Dice, Jenkins just wanted to have fun

June 08, 2009|By DAN KAUFFMAN

Four years ago, when Sarah Dice and Amanda Jenkins first teamed up as freshmen in girls doubles for Clear Spring, it would have been unfathomable to think they would end their careers with a third-place finish at the state tournament.

"Back then, it was just something fun," Jenkins said. "I had volleyball, she had soccer and tennis was just for fun. We went to counties and lost our first match, but we were just thrilled to be there."

"When we first started our freshman year, we had no tennis experience at all," Dice said. "We just picked up the game. Each year, singles and doubles, we got better, and this year we really shined."

Dice and Jenkins won their third straight Washington County Tournament girls doubles title, went on to capture their first Region 1 title, then capped their year by going 3-1 at the state tournament, including an upset victory over LaPlata's No. 3-seeded Anna Wells and Danira Lutui in the quarterfinals.

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Dice and Jenkins are The Herald-Mail's 2009 All-Washington County Girls Tennis Co-Players of the Year.

"They're very, very aggressive and have that will to win," Clear Spring coach Lisa Shives said. "They get very upset when things don't go their way. They are two of the best athletes in the school and we're fortunate to have that kind of talent on our tennis team."

Both Dice and Jenkins are accomplished singles players -- Dice went 14-0 this season and Jenkins went 12-1 as the two alternated turns at No. 1 singles. Shives said she left it up to them to decide whether to play singles or doubles this postseason.

"They love playing with each other," Shives said. "They knew from the start they wanted to play doubles."

"Me and Sarah are just so much alike, our emotions, our styles," Jenkins said. "We just click."

"Being able to win multiple titles just feels amazing because I wouldn't have been able to do it without Mandy," Dice said.

Dice and Jenkins are joined on The Herald-Mail's All-County Team by:

Brittany Smetzer and Jessie Kissner, Clear Spring -- The Blazers' other talented senior doubles duo, they went 15-4 at the No. 1 spot and finished second to Dice and Jenkins at the county tournament for the second straight year.

Kara Henson, South Hagerstown -- The junior went 5-4 at No. 2 singles for the Rebels, then won the Washington County Tournament singles title.

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