Lanzel improves to 10-0

(Editor’s note: An incorrect photo appeared in the Mirror’s print edition this morning. The correct photo appears with this story, and the correct version will appear in Wednesday’s print edition.)

Name: Marissa Lanzel

School: Hollidaysburg

Age: 17

Grade: 12

Sport: Tennis

Athlete of the week achievement: The No. 1 singles player for the Lady Tigers, Lanzel picked up three straight victories this past week over DuBois, Hempfield and Altoona. She is 10-0 this year while helping Hollidaysburg to a 12-0 start.

Season update: Lanzel has a singles record of 10-0 with all the wins coming at No. 1 singles. She is part of a team that has won 79 straight matches during the regular season.

Coach Brian Denis’s quote: “Marissa played tremendously in her wins over two great teams in Hempfield and Altoona. Her leadership ths year has been outstanding, and she is a huge reason that the team has maintained an undefeated record for the fifth year in a row.”

Favorite teacher: Miss Smiach

Favorite subject: Math

Favorite movie: No preference

Favorite food: Olive Garden breadsticks

Favorite song: Anything by Usher

Outside interests: Soccer and hanging out with my friends

Favorite professional team: Pittsburgh Steelers

Favorite college team: North Carolina Tar Heels

Pro athlete most admired: Serena Williams

Best athlete I ever played with: Susie Ellis

Best athlete I ever competed against: Abbington Heights’ Tyra Abdalla

Most influential person on my athletic career: My parents, Dave and Mary Jo, and coach Brian Denis

Proudest athletic achievement: Winning three District 6 team titles

How I got my start in tennis: Summer camps in elementary school

Future goal: Attend college