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Thursday, Dec 27 2012 04:13 PM

2012 All-Area tennis selections

By The Bakersfield Californian

Singles Player of the Year

Gracie Jacobs

Garces * senior * 35-0 singles, 13-0 doubles

After finishing as Central Section singles runner-up for two consecutive years, Jacobs completed her mission this season without as much as a close call; She lost just four games in four matches at the section singles tournament and cruised to the championship, 6-1, 6-0 over Clovis-Buchanan's Megan Lee.

Doubles Team of the Year

Crimson Hochhalter and Riley Tucker

Garces * senior and sophomore * combined 43-1 in doubles

The Rams' Nos. 2 and 3 players formed a formidable duo that took the Central Section doubles title in the Southeast Yosemite League and the Central Section, winning 6-0, 6-2 over a team from Fresno-Bullard in the championship.

First team selections

Isabella Busacca

Liberty * junior * 21-7 singles

Played No. 1 for the Southwest Yosemite League runners-up, then took third in the SWYL tournament and reached the semifinals of area to qualify for the section singles draw for the third straight year. She reached the quarterfinals before falling to Jacobs.

Darian Grisso

Tehachapi * senior * 21-10 singles

The No. 1 for a team that reached the Division II section semifinals, Grisso was the SEYL's runner-up and reached the quarterfinals of the area tournament. She received a wild card draw into the section singles round of 16.

Emily Horrigan

Stockdale * freshman * 30-4 singles

Stockdale's No. 3 player finished No. 2 in the SWYL singles bracket, losing only to teammate Ariana Tilbury 6-4, 7-6 in the championship match. She then reached the area semifinals and section quarterfinals.

Prutha Mehta

Stockdale * senior * 19-5 doubles

Playing at No. 1, Mehta led the Mustangs to the Division I section championship, a 6-3 loss to Clovis-Buchanan. She also played doubles with Claire Heffernan and finished third in the section after a default in the semifinals.

Tara Miller

Bakersfield Christian * senior * 26-6 singles

The South Sequoia League singles champion led the Eagles to their seventh straight section title, this time in Division III. She also received a wild card entry to the section singles round of 16.

Ariana Tilbury

Stockdale * freshman * 29-4 singles

A brilliant debut season as Stockdale's No. 2 included a 15-0 mark in doubles, an SWYL singles championship and a No. 3 seed in the section singles draw. She reached the quarterfinals.

Ali Vaughan

Bakersfield * sophomore * 15-4 doubles

After playing No. 1 for the Drillers all season, Vaughan teamed with Erin Andrew to finish second in the SWYL doubles draw and to reach the area semifinals, qualifying for the section doubles tournament round of 16.

Second team selections

Erin Andrew, sr, Bakersfield

Sophia Busacca, jr, Liberty

Ana Estrada, sr, Taft

Tessa Frasch, soph, Garces

Claire Heffernan, jr, Stockdale

Anita Lay, sr, Stockdale

Nadja Scholl, sr, Ridgeview

Honorable mention

Bakersfield: Taylor Williams

Bakersfield Christian: Priti Devaprakash, Taylor Touchstone

Centennial: Daisy Taylor

Frontier: Amy White

Garces: Annie Shambaugh

Independence: Paige Darstein

Liberty: Paige Basconcilla, Chelsea Falk, Kelsey Owens

North: Carlee Henderson

Ridgeview: Mary Guenette, Gurlin Kaur, Amanpreet Singh

Stockdale: Upneet Cheema, Veronica Renaker, Kristen Ryan-Olofson, Erica Stock

Taft: Yeradin Barrera, Taylan Erro, Gloria Hartley, Diana Medina

Tehachapi: Ashley Rush

Wasco: Esmi Castro, Karissa Gomez

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