Team maintains lofty goals
The varsity girls’ tennis program maintains a focus on lofty goals, whether it is wins over quality opponents or a significant postseason presence.
The Summit has won five Miami Valley Conference girls’ tennis titles since 1992, the latest coming in the 2018-2019 season. In the MVC, sophomore Elizabeth Fahrmeier was an all-conference first-team performer. Senior Amy Poffenberger, junior Grace LaLonde and freshmen Ashleigh Grooms and Sadie Joseph were all-MVC second-team performers. Senior Molly Mambort and Sophomore Savannah Lewis received honorable mention.
The Silver Knights amassed other achievements along the way. The team finished with a 10-5 record in the regular season, finalists in the Ohio Tennis Coaches Association team tournament and had three players qualify for the 2018 Division II state tournament. Elizabeth qualified for the singles tournament, her second appearance in as many years, and Amy and Sadie combined for an appearance in the doubles tournament.
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.
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