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2002 Tennisfax/COGP Players of the Year

Each year at the COGP Masters Championships, TennisFax and the COGP select the Player of the Year awards. Those players who were most outstanding are chosen in the following categories: Male, Female, Senior, Junior, Most Improved, Newcomer and Comeback players

 


MALE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Tim Pleasant won two titles on the 2002 COGP tour and finished on top of the Tennisfax/COGP men's singles rankings. For this preformance, he earned his first Male Player of the Year award. Pleasant won singles titles at Gahanna and Tennisfax, was a finalist at New Albany and a quarterfinalist at the Hardcourts. His 2002 singles record was 10-2. Pleasant also collected 2 doubles titles winning at Tennisfax and New Albany. He was also a doubles finalist at the Central Ohio, a quarterfinalist at the Hardcourts and he made the round of 16 at the Bernard Master. His doubles record for the year was 8-3 and he finished #3 in the Tennisfax/COGP men's doubles rankings.

FEMALE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

By earning the #1 ranking in women's open singles and doubles and the #2 spot in women's 35 singles on the COGP tour, Lisa Reisz was selected as the Female Player of the Year. Reisz won women's open singles titles at Whitehall and Reynoldsburg and was a finalist at Gahanna and the Masters. Her 2002 open singles match record was 7-2. She won one women's 35 singles title at Groveport and was a finalist at New Albany compiling a 3-1 match record. Reisz reached two women's open doubles finals at the Central Ohio and New Albany with a 2-2 match record. She was also a mixed doubles finalist at the Masters.

SENIOR PLAYER OF THE YEAR

For winning six titles overall and earning the #1 ranking in the Tennisfax/COGP men's 45 singles, Kenny Stevens was named the Senior Player of the Year. He won men's 45 singles titles at Bexley, Gahanna, the Central Ohio and Groveport and was a finalist at Reynoldsburg and the Masters. His men's 45 singles match record was 18-2. In men's 35 singles, Stevens was a semifinalist at Bexley and champion at the Central Ohio with a 4-1 match record. He also went 2-1 in men's 45 doubles winning at Gahanna and suffering his only first round loss at the Masters.

JUNIOR PLAYER OF THE YEAR

For making the finals of every event he entered on the 2002 COGP tour, Ashton Terry was named the the Junior Player of the Year. In boys' 18 singles, Terry won at Whitehall, Groveport, Westerville and Dublin compiling a 15-1 match record; his only loss coming in the final at New Albany. In boys' 18 doubles, Terry won at Whitehall and Dublin and was runner-up at Bexley and New Albany with a 7-2 match record. He even "played up" in the men's open singles at Dublin and won the title. Terry finished the year ranked #1 in boys' 18 singles, #3 in boys' 18 doubles and #10 in men's open singles.

MOST IMPROVED PLAYER

In spite of winning only a handful of matches all year and suffering with a knee injury, Vince Solomon clearly showed his improvement in some of the matches he lost. At Whitehall, Solomon lost a tight men's 55 singles semifinal to eventual champion JD Schultz by the score of 7-5 7-6 (4). At New Albany, Solomon lost a first round men's 55 singles match to the eventual finalist, Tom Hall by a 7-6 (3) 6-3 score. In men's 45 singles, Solomon reached the quarterfinals at Tennisfax, the Hardcourts and New Albany. And he nearly had three more wins in other men's 45 singles tournaments but lost those matches in three sets. Truely the "Iron Man" of the 2002 COGP tour, Vince Solomon was selected as the Most Improved Player.

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR

With a 9-11 match record through the New Albany Open, Wyatt South finally established himself as a force on the 2002 COGP tour by capturing two titles at Dublin. By winning the men's 35 singles and men's 45 singles titles and reaching the semifinals in men's 45 singles at the COGP Masters, he improved his overall match record to 17-13. South finished the year ranked #12 in men's 35 and #9 in the 45 singles. For this performance, he was named Newcomer of the Year.

COMEBACK PLAYER OF THE YEAR

After suffering life threatening injuries in a car accident in December of 2001, Kate Porter was able to recover and return to play on the 2002 COGP summer tour. At the Central Ohio, Porter lost in women's open doubles in three sets to the #2 seeds. Then she won the girls' 18 doubles title at the same event. She was also a finalist at Groveport in girls' 18 doubles and earned the #1 ranking. For her efforts, Porter was named Comeback Player of the Year.

SHANE ROUSH SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD

While playing in multiple events at a number of tournaments during the 2002 COGP tour, Josh Vance always showed up when scheduled and showed the best of sportsmanship and fair play during his matches. He was also a winner. In boys' 16 singles, Vance won titles at Bexley and Hilliard and was a finalist at the Central Ohio and Groveport. He was also a semifinalist at Tennisfax compiling a 12-4 match record. Vance won the boys' 18 singles at Hilliard and was a semifinalist at Groveport with a 4-1 record. In boys' 18 doubles, he won Bexley and lost in the first round at Tennisfax for a 3-1 record. Vance ended the year ranked #3 in both boys' 16 and 18 singles and #10 in boys' 18 doubles. For his outstanding performances, Josh Vance was awarded the inaugural Shane Roush Sportsmanship Award.

 

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Players who receive this award are not necessarily the winners of the tournament though they might be. It could be someone who won multiple titles. Or it could be someone who gave a performance above and beyond expectations. Or it might be a player showing outstanding sportsmanship.

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