For most of the last decade, the Lake Norman area has produced some of the top tennis talent in the state on both the boys' and girls' courts.
This year was no different, as several girls' teams and individuals from Huntersville to Davidson to Lincoln County had reasons to remember a great year.
Davidson Day's Jenny Falcone stood out above the rest winning her second straight singles title, as the senior capped her two-year Patriot career without losing a match.
Lake Norman News Player of the Year: Jenny Falcone, Davidson Day
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Jenny Falcone has done just about everything in her high school career. The Davidson Day senior capped her career by winning her second straight NCISAA singles title over Statesville Christian's Allie Burgiss.
Falcone, who will go to school and play tennis at College of Charleston next year, won the singles title for the second year in a row. Falcone also claimed the 2010 state doubles championship with teammate Allie Uszenski.
Falcone, who won 252 of the 258 games she played in high school, was also recently named N.C. Player of the Year by the United States' Tennis Association (USTA).
Lake Norman News Coach of the Year: Julie Fox, Hough
Julie Fox started the year in a tough position as the leader of a first-year program at Hough. But the Huskies coach led her team to an 8-4 record, including a third place finish in the I-Meck and a wildcard berth in the 4A playoffs, before losing to Myers Park 6-0 in the first round.
Fox and company did all of this without a senior on the team, which should mean bigger and better things for the Hough girls' tennis team in the future.
All Lake Norman News Tennis Team
Jenny Falcone, Davidson Day: Two-time defending state champion also won doubles title this year.
Claire Rinaldo, East Lincoln: Part of the sister duo that led a solid Mustangs' team.
Anne Rinaldo, East Lincoln: Like her sister, she was one of top singles and doubles players in area.
Briana Bodner, Hough: Became school's first-ever I-Meck champ, winning the conference singles title.
Morgan Marin, Hough: Earned regional berth with fifth-place finish at I-Meck tourney.
Jamie Michael, North Mecklenburg: Vikings' No. 1 hung tough in brutal conference.
Anne Rinaldo/Claire Rinaldo, East Lincoln: Sisters finish Mustang career as two of the program's top tennis players ever.
Falcone/Allie Uszenski, Davidson Day: Patriot duo won state title.
Katie Merrill/Alex Weber, Southlake Christian: Won Metrolina Athletic Conference title.