HARD WORK HELPS FRAZIER EXTEND TENNIS CAREER TO NEMCC
Booneville, Miss. - Beth Ann Frazier has earned a chance to further her playing career at Northeast Mississippi Community College following multiple years of toil and dedication on the tennis court.
Frazier became the newest Lady Tiger after signing her National Letter of Intent (NLI) with the Northeast women's tennis team.
"We're happy to have Beth Ann with us next season," Northeast head coach Ben Shappley said. "We have high expectations for her both in the classroom as well as on the courts."
Frazier helped Kossuth High School begin their tennis program during her sophomore campaign in 2012. She started each season for coach Ginger Mattox since then.
"I feel like I worked all three years of high school for an opportunity like this," said Frazier. "I'm really excited to see what it has in store."
Frazier obtained female Most Valuable Player (MVP) honors for the Aggies after leading her squad to the 2014 Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Division 1, Class 3A championship.
She also acquired the MHSAA Division 1-3A girls singles crown after defeating rival Abbey Hollowell of Alcorn Central High School 6-2, 6-3. Frazier proceeded to the title match by besting Booneville High School's Adrianna Jackson 6-3, 6-3.
Kossuth opened the MHSAA Class 3A postseason with a 5-2 victory over North Pontotoc High School to advance to the quarterfinal round versus Cleveland East Side High School at Corinth's Crossroads Regional Park.
Frazier had no issues against the Trojans and lost only two games to her opponent Keisha Jackson. She claimed a straight sets decision over Jackson to guide the Aggies to the state semifinals with a 5-2 win.
She extended her success with a 6-1, 6-3 sweep of Hannah Garrison in the MHSAA Class 3A North Half championship contest at South Pontotoc High School. However, Kossuth was not as fortunate and lost in heartbreaking fashion to the Cougars.
Frazier qualified for the MHSAA Class 3A State Tournament as an individual and was ranked as the No. 6 overall seed. She met North Pontotoc's Katelyn Gordon to begin the event at the Ridgeland Tennis Center on May 1.
She also held an 11-1 record during the 2014 regular season that included a hard fought 6-3, 7-6 triumph over Belmont High School's Alma Manzano and a 6-0, 6-1 win versus Tishomingo County High School's Emily Long.
"I feel like I have a lot to bring," Frazier said. "I have a very good forehand, both flat and low, and I usually have a lot of aces with my serve. I'm just really excited."
Frazier takes the court in the summer months as well. She and her partner Taylor Heavener recently won the 35th annual Candy Classic Memorial Tournament 18-under girls double event with an 8-0 decision against Brooke McCoy and Meredith Murphy.
She fits perfectly into Northeast's scholastic squad, which was named a 2014 All-Academic Team by both the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) and the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). Frazier was a member of Kossuth's honor roll from kindergarten through 12th grade and received a state scholarship from the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA).
Frazier also collected Kossuth's English Award as a junior and was a member of the National Honor Society.