Las Vegas Sun

September 18, 2018

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Female rising star: Audrey Boch-Collins, Clark tennis

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Christopher DeVargas

Audrey Boch-Collins

Audrey Boch-Collins is only a sophomore, but she’s no newcomer to the top of the local tennis scene. And for high school opponents who might be hoping to dethrone her, time is already running out.

She has already claimed a 4A state singles championship in each of her first two high school seasons, and she did it with undefeated records both times.

Boch-Collins didn’t set out to achieve another perfect campaign in 2017—it just kind of happened that way. “My goal was just to practice and improve,” Boch-Collins says. “My goal was to have fun and not put too much pressure on myself.”

For Boch-Collins, that meant honing her defensive, counter-punching style and using her athleticism to cover more ground than her competition. That approach led to a spotless sophomore season; not only did she win every match—she also didn’t drop a single set.

Finalists:

• Jazmin Felix, Desert Pines cross country: Had five first-place finishes, winning the Southern Region championship.

• Tommi Stockham, Bishop Gorman volleyball: Recorded 343 kills, 52 aces and 34 blocks for state runner-up Gorman, committed to USC.

• Daejah Phillips, Centennial basketball: Averaged nine points and nine rebounds per game for state champion Centennial.

• E’leseana Patterson Cheyenne flag football: Passed for 2,700 yards and 28 touchdowns, ran for 1,700 yards and 24 touchdowns in leading the Desert Shields to the 3A state championship.

This story originally appeared in the Las Vegas Weekly.