Fall Athlete of the Year: Carolyn Jesko
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Carolyn Jesko played strictly No. 1 singles as a senior a year after teaming with sister Annie to qualify for state when the siblings were the fifth-seeded doubles team out of districts. As singles player in 2009, finished one win shy of state. Started at age 4 when her grandmother, Sophia Juruaz, took Carolyn to a clinic at Wick Park. Carolyn took lessons to sharpen her game at the Boardman Tennis Center. After narrowing her sports to tennis and softball, concentrated on tennis in high school.
“I like the individual aspect with singles and the option of playing doubles with my sister. It’s all on you with singles. If you make a mistake, it’s no one else’s fault. That helps drive me to improve.”
The 17-year old daughter of Howard and Debbie Jesko described her game: “I’m aggressive. I like to volley when I can come into the net. My height (5-9) helps me with my serve, which I hit hard and flat to get more power. Plus, I’m fast on my feet, but I’m always working to improve on that.”
Her mom, the former Debbie Juruaz, is a professor in the dental hygiene dept. at YSU.