July 9, 2012
EASTON, Pa. -- Incoming University of Michigan freshman Ronit Yurovsky (New Kensington, Pa./Plum HS) was named the 2012 National High School Senior Athlete of the Year for girls tennis, the National High School Coaches Association (NHSCA) announced last week.
It is the 13th year the NHSCA has honored achievers in the high school athletic community nationwide. Athletes also were recognized in football, baseball, softball, boys and girls volleyball, field hockey, wrestling, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls golf, boys tennis, boys and girls soccer, boys and girls swimming, and boys and girls track and field.
"The 20 young men and women we are honoring today represent the thousands of success stories produced in high school athletics," said NHSCA executive director Bob Ferraro Jr. "They have worked extremely hard to develop their skills and have become not just great athletes, but outstanding role models as well, and we are proud to be honoring them."
Ranked the No. 17 recruit nationally by tennisrecruiting.net and the top-ranked player from the Middle Atlantic region, Yurovsky completed her high school career by winning her second consecutive 3A state singles title last fall. She was a four-time state placewinner, finishing third in state as a sophomore and second in state as a freshman. Before winning her second state title, Yurovsky became just the second girl to become a three-time Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League (WPIAL) singles champion. She lost just five singles matches in her high school career and was undefeated in regular-season play.
Currently ranked No. 16 on the USTA Under-18 girls list, Yurovsky claimed the singles title at the 2010 USTA Interscholastics Championship East and was a bronze ball winner as a semifinalist at the 2008 Easter Bowl. This winter, she was a semifinalist in the USTA Under-18 Regional Segment and a finalist in the USTA Under-18 National Open, both held in Grand Rapids, Mich. Yurovsky also was named a 2011 Scholar-Athlete Extra Effort Award recipient and is a volunteer for the Make a Wish Foundation and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Awareness Fund.
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