NAME: Gabby Steele
SCHOOL: Summit Country Day
GRADUATING YEAR: 2009
GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT: Ohio state champ as a junior
HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 5’7”-135 lbs.
RESIDENCE: New Richmond
PARENTS: John & Jeannine
BIGGEST INFLUENCE: “Grandpa John Steele who fought in WWII then went on to complete college. He follows up on all my matches.”
FUTURE GOAL: “Repeat as Ohio state singles champion my senior year.”
MVP ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Senior nationally ranked tennis star (Top 10 in the Midwest, Top 20 in USA) is featured on the cover and in a feature story in ESPN Rise magazine. Gabby was Ohio state runner-up this year and won the Div. II Ohio state singles championship last year when she went 19-0 and, during one impressive stretch, won 10 matches in a row without ever losing a game. A 4-year starter, Gabby has also finished as Ohio state runner-up her freshman year and 3rd place in her sophomore year at the state tournament. Among her many honors, she has been named Cincinnati Player of the Year and 1st team all-state three straight years. She also was twice named Female Tennis Player of the Year by the local Women's Sports Association. She has not yet selected a college, but will play tennis at the next level. Gabby's favorite athlete is Marat Safin, favorite entertainer and most-like-to-meet is singer Jack Johnson, favorite book is Catcher in the Rye and favorite movie is Almost Famous.
COACH'S QUOTE -- "Gabby started with athletic skill. She built her game by hitting thousands of tennis balls. She succeeds because she continues to have a passion for tennis.” – Joy Albi, Tennis Coach
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