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Davis Tennis Award Winners Announced
Posted 05/30/2017 11:39AM

The Harvey School has announced the winners of the 2017 John G. Davis Tennis Award. Seniors Jared Ellis and Sara Steinberg will have their names inscribed on the memorial plaque honoring the 1950 Harvey alumnus whose father, Dwight Filley Davis, is credited with establishing the Davis Cup in professional tennis.

Jared, who played at both number-one and number-two singles this year, making the jump from number-six last year, served as one of the team’s senior captains this season. Coach Tim Cornell said Jared was chosen because “he set a great example for the other kids on the team.” The coach praised Jared for showing “a great love for the game, great sportsmanship and a never-die attitude on every point he played.”

Despite going up against each team’s top one or two players in each match this season, Jared was able to register 12 wins. Selected as a Housatonic Valley Athletic League (HVAL) All-League player, Jared helped Harvey (7-5 in the HVAL) advance to the semifinals where the Cavaliers lost a tough 6-3 battle against the eventual league champion Watkinson who went undefeated this season.

Sara, who came to Harvey in her junior year, was chosen for the Davis Award for the second straight season. Competing as the number-one player on the girls varsity, Sara's record in singles was 7-3 in league matchups and 10-4 overall. She was instrumental in helping to lead the team to its best season in the program’s five-year history.

Harvey’s head coach Lesley Boltz said she made Sara a two-time Davis Award-winner for what she does on and off the court. “Sara never gives up in a match, always fights to the last point, and when her teammates are competing, she’s always watching and cheering for them until the last ball of the match is struck.” The coach added, “Sara shows leadership as a captain and a maturity as a player and was an obvious choice for this prestigious award.”

Sara, named an HVAL all-league player for the second consecutive season, helped lead the Lady Cavaliers to their best record in program history at 11-4 overall and 7-3 in the HVAL. The number-two seed, Harvey advanced to the semifinals of the HVAL playoffs before losing to Watkinson. 

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