Ezzo posts unbeaten slate
Games in England are considered mini-Olympics.
YOUNGSTOWN -- Ursuline junior Kim Ezzo, following a very successful summer in which she played tennis in tournaments in Coventry, England, and St. Louis, has posted a 5-0 record as the top singles player for the Irish.
She is ranked 10th in the latest USTA poll for 16-year-old girls and carries a 3.8 grade point average at Ursuline.
At Coventry, Ezzo was one of six girls representing the United States in the International Children's Games, and she finished in the top 10 out of 40 countries that sent athletes.
The games are considered a mini-Olympics. Many countries send players who they think may compete in the 2012 Olympics.
Some of the opponents Ezzo competed against were Laura Jansen of Luxembourg City, Luxembourg; Sabrina Genz of Alkmaar, Netherlands; Stania Fadabini of Graz, Italy; and Susen Taj of Bangkok, Thailand.
While in Coventry, Ezzo stayed at the University of Warrick along with participants from the games.
On July 6, they celebrated after learning that London was selected as the site for the 2012 Olympics.
The celebration was brought to a halt the following morning when the news struck of the bombings by terrorists in London.
The Coventry participants were spared the news until after their competition finished. They were given extra security while at the university and escorted at all times.
Shortly after returning from England, Ezzo competed in the Boys and Girls 16s Midwest Tennis Association Zonal Team Championships in St. Louis. Five different zones competed.
Ezzo's final singles match clinched fifth place for her team as she won five out of eight possible points in the national tournament.
She was awarded the 2005 Midwest Sportsmanship Award at the conclusion of the event and will be pictured in the Midwest Yearbook in January.