High school tennis in the Lake Norman area has improved a lot over the last decade.
One of the main reasons is the emergence of the Lake Norman High program, led by the husband-and-wife combination of Chris and Lezlie Carroll.
The Wildcat coaches have led the team to another I-Meck conference title and more this season, as Lake Norman went 17-3 overall (7-0 in I-Meck), advancing all the way to the 4A dual state quarterfinals as a team before falling to Myers Park.
While Lake Norman was the top team, Hough made it tough on the Wildcats, finishing 11-3 and going to the playoffs in only their second season as a program.
Lake Norman Charter (11-3) also made it to the playoffs, beating Pine Lake Prep in first-round play before falling to East Wilkes in the second round.
Lake Norman Player of the Year: Briana Bodner, Hough
After winning the I-Meck singles' championship as a sophomore in her first season at Hough, Bodner did it again in 2011, beating Lake Norman's Megan Mullen 6-1, 6-1 in the finals.
Bodner, who shared co-I-Meck Player of the Year honors with Mullen, also is an accomplished USTA junior player, ranked No. 24 in the state, according to tennisrecruiting.net.
While Bodner was dominant in league play, she lost in the first round of the 4A West regional tournament, giving her something else to shoot for next year.
Lake Norman Coach of the Year: Chris and Lezlie Carroll, Lake Norman
Chris and Lezlie Carroll are used to winning at Lake Norman, whether it is girls' or boys' tennis. Lake Norman, which finished second to arch-rival Mooresville last year, has won two of the three I-Meck titles since the league was formed in 2009.
The Wildcats went a perfect 7-0 in league play this season, capping the conference with wins against Hough and Mooresville in the final week of the season.
The Wildcats will be the favorite next season with four of their top five back, including juniors Megan Mullen and Constance Crisp as well as sophomores Bella Dokell and Sydney Rapier.
All-Lake Norman News girls' tennis team
Briana Bodner, Hough: Co-I-Meck Player of the Year won I-Meck singles' championship to lead Huskies to second-place league finish.
Megan Mullen, Lake Norman: Co-I-Meck Player of the Year was conference runner-up before making it to regional singles' quarterfinals.
Constance Crisp, Lake Norman: Wildcats' No. 2 rock was solid all year in singles and doubles.
Bella Dokell, Lake Norman: Sophomore is another part of a bright season and future for team..
Maggie Siebert, Mooresville: Blue Devils' top player played through a lot of pain to go to regional singles tourney.
Sravya Uppalapati, Lake Norman Charter: Knights' No. 1 made it to 1A West Regional quarterfinals.
Jamie Michael, North Meck: Vikings No. 1 was tough in a brutal conference, advanced to regional singles tournament.
C. Crisp/Sydney Rapier, Lake Norman: I-Meck champions also 4A West Regional runners-up and played in states.
Morgan Marin/Riya Anand, Hough: I-Meck runners-up also advanced to regional play.
Britta Huibers/Daniella Dworschak, Lake Norman: Huibers, a steady senior leader, teamed with classmate to go to regionals.