This past decade saw some of the most successful girls tennis teams in area history, and leading the way were some outstanding players who made a profound difference on and off the court. Here are the best of the best of the last decade of girls tennis in Greater Newburyport.
Four-year starter from Groveland earned CAL All-Star honors all four years of high school, earning CAL MVP honors as a senior in 2012. Two-year captain. United States Tennis Association Nationals qualifier. Went on to play Division 3 college tennis at Simmons, earning Second Team All-Conference honors three times while leading the Sharks to a conference championship as a senior.
Four-year starter at No. 1 singles for Pentucket. Three-time All-CAL selection. Two-time Daily News and CAL Player of the Year. Three-time Eagle-Tribune All-Star. Boston Globe All-Scholastic. Reached North Sectional semifinals of individual state tournament in 2014. Two-year captain. Went on to play Division 2 college tennis at Stonehill, finishing with a 96-38 career record and as a two-time Third Team All-Conference selection.
Four-year starter at No. 1 singles for Amesbury. Four-time Daily News All-Star and two-time Daily News MVP. Served as senior captain in 2017 and went 16-5 to help lead Amesbury girls tennis to first state tournament appearance in 20 years. Went 40-19 overall for high school career. Currently plays Division 1 college tennis at Merrimack College.
Emilie de Kanter
Four-year starter played No. 1 singles as a senior in 2018, helping lead Newburyport to most successful season in program history. Senior tri-captain went 16-5, helping lead Clippers to 19-3 record and appearance in Division 2 North Final. Won CAL Singles championship. Led Newburyport to back-to-back CAL Kinney titles. Currently attends college in the Netherlands.
Six-year varsity player was true definition of perseverance. Named Daily News Sportsman of the Year in 2018 after playing entire junior season while undergoing cancer treatment. Three-time Daily News All-Star served as Pentucket’s No. 1 singles player as an underclassman. Two-year captain played key role in leading Pentucket to Division 3 North semifinals as a senior in 2019, picking up straight set victories against Lynnfield and Bishop Fenwick to help pull the upsets.
Three-time Daily News All-Star played key role in leading Newburyport girls tennis to most successful stretch in program history. Helped Clippers win three straight CAL Kinney titles and reach back-to-back Division 2 North Finals in 2018 and 2019. Earned All-CAL honors at first doubles as a sophomore in 2017 and went 13-5 overall and undefeated against local competition at second singles in 2019. Won decisive points in tournament wins over Wilmington and Belmont in 2019.
Merrimac resident burst onto scene as a sophomore in 2019, taking over as Pentucket’s No. 1 singles player after not playing for the school as a freshman and immediately emerging as one of Cape Ann League’s top players. Named All-CAL and Daily News MVP. Went 14-2 overall. Led Pentucket on stunning tournament run, helping upset Lynnfield and Bishop Fenwick to reach Division 3 North semifinals. Highly decorated on USTA circuit. Missed junior season due to pandemic and will serve as senior captain next spring.
In order to be considered for All-Decade recognition, an athlete must have graduated in 2011 or later and have spent at least one year playing for a Greater Newburyport area school during the 2010s. Governor’s Academy athletes are eligible if they are from a local town. Selections are based on production, awards, subsequent college and pro accomplishments and input from area coaches past and present.