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Female Athlete of the Week: Ruhlman makes it a 3-peat

Name: Emily Ruhlman

School: Bedford Area

Age: 17

Grade: Senior

Sport: Tennis

Athlete of the week achievement: Ruhlman won the District 5 singles tennis championship for the third time. She also won at No. 1 singles in both the semifinals and finals of the District 5 team tournament.

Season update: Ruhlman has a singles record of 21-2 and will compete at states on Nov. 1.

Coach Deb Rose’s quote: “Her ground strokes and serves are strong with excellent placement. She is agile and understands the strategy of tennis. She has become a role model for the team to look up to throughout the season. She is a well-rounded person who adds some humor to our team, and she’s a coachable athlete that the Bedford tennis program will miss in the future.”

Favorite teacher: Mr. Lantz

Favorite subject: Calculus

Favorite movie: “The Great Gatsby”

Favorite food: Ice cream

Favorite song: No preference

Outside interests: Mock trial, hunting, lifting, running, SADD, National Honor Society

Favorite professional team: Pittsburgh Steelers

Favorite college team: Pitt-Greensburg tennis

Pro athlete most admired: Serena Williams

Best athlete I ever competed against: Lower Moreland’s Nikole Lisovvy

Most influential person on my athletic career: My dad

Proudest athletic achievement: Winning the district title for the third time

How I got my start in tennis: “I decided to start playing tennis at the age of 10, so I started getting lessons at The Summit (Athletic Club) and decided it was something I was passionate about.”

Future goal: To attend the University of Pittsburgh-Greensburg, play tennis there and help be a leader on the team

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