Team maintains lofty goals
The Summit Country Day School’s varsity girls’ tennis program maintains a focus on lofty goals, whether that’s wins over quality opponents or a significant postseason presence.
The Summit has won four Miami Valley Conference girls’ tennis titles since 1992, the latest coming in the 2017-2018 season. The Silver Knights have amassed other achievements along the way. In 2017, Elizabeth Fahrmeier, in her freshman season, finished fourth at the Division II state tournament, was named first-team all-State, won districts and sectionals, was a nominee for Cincinnati Enquirer Tennis Athlete of the Year and was MVC player of the year. Other recent Silver Knight appearances at state include doubles partners Kathryn Adams and Sara Bissantz in 2015.
Class of 2009 standout Gabby Steele remains one of the program’s most notable players. Gabby won the Division II state singles championship in 2007 as a junior and finished as the runner-up as a freshman and senior. A highly-decorated player throughout her high school career, Gabby garnered the Miami Valley Conference (MVC) Player of the Year award three times and earned the state’s No. 2 ranking. She went on to play tennis at The Ohio State University.
Girls’ tennis season at The Summit starts in August. The Silver Knights practice and play home matches at the 16-acre Athletic Complex on Ehrling Road, which features five tennis courts.
Coach Michelle Hellman took over the girls’ varsity program and boys’ junior varsity team in 2017 and also has coached Middle School tennis at The Summit. Coach Hellman was named MVC Coach of the Year in 2017 after coaching the team to its first conference crown since the 2009-2010 season. The New York native started her college career as a member of the Penn State women’s tennis team before playing on the club level and graduating in 1995. In her coaching tenure, which started in 2003, Coach Hellman has led two Florida girls’ doubles teams and two Georgia boys’ varsity teams to state tournaments.