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TENNIS PLAYER OF THE YEAR

PREP SPORTS: Girls tennis player award goes to Abby Cotuna

PREP SPORTS: Girls tennis player award goes to Abby Cotuna

Abby Cotuna

Abby Cotuna just completed her freshman year as one of the state’s top female tennis players.

The Stags’ No. 1 player was named the Class AAAA girls tennis player of the year by the South Carolina Coaches Association of Women's Sports and also earned a Class AAAA/AAAAA all-state nod for her regular and post season efforts. Cotuna earned third place in the state singles championship after ousting players from Dreher, Blythewood and AC Flora.

She tallied a combined record of 27-3 in the season that included singles, doubles and postseason matches and lead Berkeley to 12-6 overall.

Berkeley Head Coach Joe Harnage said Cotuna has raised the bar for Berkeley tennis.

"I've been in this a long time and never had anybody recognized for [the player of the year] honor,” Harnage said after Cotuna was recognized as the top girls tennis player among the state's 4A and 5A schools. "Having somebody so noteworthy, its good publicity for the school and team…we’re real exited about next year. We're getting a whole 'nother wave of players."