Numerous athletes, teams and coaches stood out this past year. The Journal's Josh Sellmeyer and…
Breakout Female Star of 2011-2012 — Marissa Lewis
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In her first season on Webster University’s women’s tennis team, freshman Marissa Lewis finished with an 18-3 record in singles play. Lewis helped the team to a 19-2 overall record, a 6-0 St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference record and a SLIAC tournament championship.
Lewis has played at each of the top four singles spots, but mostly played at No. 3. Lewis had an 11-1 record at No. 3 singles and was also 4-0 at No. 2. In doubles action, Lewis had a record of 16-2.
“I was definitely very surprised by how well I did,” Lewis said. “I didn’t expect it at all. I was hoping to do well, but of course it changes every day. I’ve put a lot of work into it. I try to do my best. I try to get out there and practice as much as I can with the balance of studying and other things I’m involved in.”
Lewis is a part of a team loaded with freshmen, which will keep the SLIAC champions in contention for the title the next couple years.
“This year was great,” Lewis said. “It went really well. It flew by though, which stinks. It makes me so excited for the next three years that I have.”
Runner-up: Danielle LaVenture, softball