Chloe Smith was as dominating as she’s ever been, and that goes for on the court as well as in the voting for Player of the Year. After winning the award in 2018 as a freshman, she saw it slip away last year through no fault of her own. Now the honor once again rests on her shelf.
BY THE NUMBERS
- 7-0 RECORD
- 33-7 Career W-L
The junior has anchored #1 singles for three seasons now, and is now 33-7 in her illustrious career, which has a chance next season to eclipse 50 wins. She was 7-0 in an abbreviated 2020.
- Chloe Smith – 67.5 pts (11 1st-place votes)
- Bella Brock – 36 (1)
- Samantha Hafermalz – 32.5 (3)
- Jaden Hoard – 31.5 (1)
- Sarah Moore – 12.5
- Bryanna Ligon – 12
Voting for Player of the Year is performed by an internal voting panel consisting of mostly local sports reporters, as well as a small group of former officials, former players, and former coaches. The panel ranks the finalists in order, producing a Heisman-style voting point total.
HISTORY OF TENNIS PLAYER OF THE YEAR
2020 – Chloe Smith (Banks JR #1 Singles)
2019 – Genevra Gradassi (Jefferson SR #1 Singles)
2018 – Chloe Smith (Banks FR #1 Singles)
2017 – Hallie Reeves (Rabun SR #1 Singles)
2016 – Savanna Scott (Rabun JR #2 Singles)
2015 – Savanna Scott (Rabun SO #2 Singles)
2014 – Brittany Stewart (Lumpkin SR #1 Singles)
2013 – Brittany Stewart (Lumpkin JR #1 Singles)
2012 – Kayla Olin/Eryn Cochran (Towns JR/SO #1 Doubles)
2011 – Ginny Rhoades (Towns SR #2 Singles)
2010 – Abby Brown/Claire Stovall (Habersham SR #1 Doubles)
Smith is the third player to win this award twice, but the first to do it in non-consecutive seasons. She has a chance in 2021 to be the first to win it three times. She is the only Banks player to ever claim the award.
LOOKING AHEAD – THE NEXT FAVORITE
Chloe Smith has a vice grip on this thing at this point. However, teammate Jaden Hoard has twice been a finalist and returns next year also. Lumpkin’s Bella Brock has a good shot too after earning some good love in the voting.
POY Graphic (Framed 11×17) – Chloe Smith
POY Graphic (Framed 11x17) - Chloe Smith