Keith Barnes profiles Beaver tennis player Anne Taylor.
(Photo: Beaver Area's Anne Taylor returns a shot against Carlynton's Hannah Phillips in the WPIAL Class AA championship Tuesday at North Allegheny. Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)
"Last season Anne Taylor was the No. 2 singles player for Beaver Area and barely made it out of her section before she was knocked off in the first round of the WPIAL Class AA singles tournament.
What a difference a year makes.
Not only has the Bobcats junior taken over the No. 1 slot on her team in a preseason battle with teammate Moriah Bridges, she went into the WPIAL singles tournament Monday as the No. 3 seed. To top it off, she wrapped up her whirlwind start with a 6-1, 7-6 (7-5) upset of top-seeded Hannah Phillips of Carlynton Tuesday at North Allegheny to become the first Beaver singles player to win the title since freshman Alexandra Kaluza defeated teammate Kristi Borza, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4, in 2002.
"Coming into a tournament like this, after not making it past the first round last year, is a little intimidating," Taylor said. "After winning the section, I was able to put a lot of confidence in me and I thought I was going to do pretty well.""