October 19, 2013
PDT Sports Editor
After an unbeaten regular season, Portsmouth senior Ali Miller became the District II State Tournament runner-up Saturday after losing in the championship match.
Miller lost to Ariana Iranpour of Shaker Heights Hathaway Brown High School, 6-7 (7-5), 6-4, 2-6. Despite not winning the state championship, Miller had no regrets as her career as a Trojan came to an end.
“Its been a great four years,” Miller said. “I’m really proud of what I’ve done.”
Miller relished the opportunity to play in the championship against a familiar player.
“Losing to Ariana, there’s no shame, she’s a great player,” Miller said. “She’s one of my best friends. I’ve known her for a while.”
Miller has verbally committed to the University of Cincinnati where she will be taking a number of accolades with her.
Off the court, Miller is a Southeastern Ohio Athletic League All-Academic member. On the court, Miller is a 4-year No. 1 singles player for Portsmouth. The former Trojan is also a 4-year state qualifier, 4-year SEOAL Player of the Year and has not lost a regular season match during her high school career.
“It’s just been phenomenal,” Portsmouth coach Amy Keating said. “She’s a great player.”
Despite falling one match short, Keating was pleased with her star player’s performance and demeanor.
“Every match that she’s had has been tough,” Keating said. “She fought hard and she played well. She played with class and that’s all that matters; she’s a champion.”
Knowing it was their last match together, Keating described how she felt about Miller.
“She’s a jewel,” Keating said. “She’s a treat to have as a tennis player and she’s a fantastic young lady.”
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