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Tennis: Muller MVP for Patriots

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Patriot team award winners, from left: Alexa Fyle, Afton Crocker, Courtney Boller and Megan Muller. Submitted Photo

Sophomore Megan Muller was named the most valuable player for the second year in a row at the Patriot tennis team's annual banquet on Thursday, Oct. 3.

Muller is 24-1 on the season so far and 53-6 in her two-year career with the Patriots.

"Besides a ton of skill, Megan has focus and determination,” Coach Monica Sergent said. “She never gives up. This has led her teammates to vote her our 2019 MVP."

Undefeated senior Courtney Boller (29-0 on the season) was voted the team’s hardest worker, and junior Afton Crocker was named the most improved player.

Senior co-captain Alexa Fyle earned the Patriot Spirit Award, given to her for her leadership skills. She and her doubles partner Elli Saxerud were named to the All-Mid-State Conference team, as were Muller and Boller. Crocker, Madeline Pluimer and Madeline Sherman earned honorable mentions.

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Boller, Fyle, Pluimer and Sherman were also named academic all-state.

Additionally, the Patriots earned the Academic Gold Award for the fifth straight year, with an average GPA of 3.953.

“That’s an insanely amazing accomplishment,” Sergent said. “Who does that besides us?”

Before recognizing each member of her team, Sergent and assistant coach Chad Rudbeck were sure to thank middle-level coaches, administration and especially the parents of the athletes for their efforts throughout the regular season.

“Our goal this year was to try our best at every practice and every meet and believe that we would come out just fine,” Sergent said. “I think a regular season record of 21-1 and two first-place tournament wins is a fine outcome so far.”

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Dan Determan has been a reporter for the Echo Journal since 2014, primarily covering sports at Pequot Lakes and Pine River-Backus
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