Find out where some of the junior players in our section are planning to continue their tennis careers at the collegiate level this fall.
A senior and first singles player at Germantown Friends School, Joanna Booth has played her junior career in the Philadelphia-area. After graduation, she plans to play collegiate tennis at Amherst College, a Division III school in Massachusetts. Booth met the Amherst coach at the National Clay Court Championships in Memphis, and immediately felt drawn to the program. Although she was recruited by Division I schools, Booth ultimately chose the school that was the best fit academically. She plans to major in Media Arts.
An exceptional all-around athlete, Chad Kissell is leaving Greater Latrobe High School with quite the legacy. In the fall, he will begin his collegiate tennis career at Valparaiso University in Indiana, but he really could have played a number of sports. Kissell was the first male athlete at Greater Latrobe to earn 12 varsity letters (tennis, golf and basketball). He went into his senior tennis season having won three consecutive section championships.
Sonal Shrivastava knew she wanted to go to a college with a strong academic program, but also a high level women’s tennis team. When Yale recruited her, it was a perfect fit. Her high school, The Lawrenceville School, had a rigorous academic program and has prepared her for an Ivy League school. Shrivastava has had a strong career in the Middle States section. Last year, she had the opportunity to compete on the Middle States Girls’ 18s Junior Fed Cup team. She credits that experience with teaching her about what it meant to be part of a team.
When one of the top junior players in the Middle States section attends the high school with the winningest tennis coach in the country, Bill Kingston, it’s a recipe for success. Ryan Dickerson will be attending Duke University this fall after a standout junior career in New Jersey. In his freshman season at Moorestown High School, Dickerson played No. 1 singles and led the team to a 33-4 record. After his sophomore season, he was homeschooled and was able to train in Korea with the Korean Davis Cup Team and get valuable experience playing ITF tournaments. In two years of high school, he was twice named the South Jersey Player of the Year. He will be joining an exceptional tennis program at Duke this fall.
Sara Komer built quite the tennis resume at Peters Township High School, where she was a part of two state championship teams and also took the state doubles titles. Komer, who has played USTA tournaments since she was 8, is also a high-level volleyball player. She’ll attend the University of Delaware this fall, where she’ll play for Middle States Hall of Famer Laura Travis.