The freshman has made an immediate impact in her first high school season, recording a 5-1 individual record at No. 2 singles for the defending Class AA champion Wildcats.
“It’s really hard to break into the starting lineup in a program like Westminster. When you’re in ninth grade, it’s hard to make the team,” Westminster coach Scoot Dimon said. “Not only has Carol Elizabeth made the team, but she is our No. 2 singles player and she’s been a fantastic addition to what was already a strong team and has earned the No. 2 place in the lineup on a team that won the state championship last year. That means you’re pretty good and she really is.”
Dimon said he is impressed with the way his young player has handled the challenges of varsity high school competition.
“She’s a tenacious competitor,” Dimon said. “She’s very fierce and loves to win and it’s great to see that in a freshman. She’s won a couple of matches in the third set when it was almost pitch black dark, because we don’t have lights here [at the Westminster tennis courts].”
Kerman is also an accomplished junior tennis player and is rated ninth in the latest USTA state rankings for the girls’ 16-and-under age group.