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Outgoing senior won her first Class 6A state title, helped Sunset win state crown

TIMES FILE PHOTO - Sunset singles star Serim Jin won an individual state championship and helped the Apollos take state as a team.

Serim Jin returned to the Sunset girls tennis program for two reasons.

One, she wanted to avenge her 2017 Class 6A singles' state title runner-up finish as a sophomore and end her career as a state champion.

Two, and most of all, Jin yearned to help the Apollos capture the team title that eluded them by a hair in the year that the Sunset star sat out the high school season in '18. It wasn't Jin's duty to come back to the Apollos. It wasn't her burden alone to carry them to a team crown. But the multiple-time Metro League champion loves her teammates, her coach Bryan Lurie and the program as a whole. After locking down her future with a scholarship to Wesleyan following a year scouring the club tennis circuit, Jin was antsy to leave a lasting imprint on the high school tennis scene.

With Jin playing her patented tough, mentally stoic style of tennis and the Apollos peaking around her, Sunset had an all-time season to remember. Jin took the singles' title. Sunset crammed the doubles' final with all Apollos, including the Yu twins who won both Metro and state. As a unit they squashed the state, securing the long lost title banner Jin was looking for. It was everything Jin could've asked for in her Sunset swan song, one that was completed with a final honor this week.

The Oregon Sports Awards voting panel tabbed the outgoing senior as its 2019 recipient of the Prep Girls Tennis Player of the Year award.

Peter Murphy (Jesuit), Jin's club teammate at The Academy at UPortland, was revealed as the Prep Boys Tennis Player of the Year on Wednesday. Jin claimed the girls honor over finalists Anna Kern, who won her third straight 5A singles title for Corvallis, and Beaverton's Cassidy Binder, whom Jin edged in the 6A semifinals.

Jin earned the No. 1 seed in both the 6A and Metro League singles championships. She helped the Apollos notch 6A and Metro League team titles. Jin scaled back her participation in club tournaments but played in five ITA/USTA tournaments between August-March. She notched a first-place finish in the CGM Winter Girls Singles Championship in February. Jin also placed as the runner-up at the MPRC/WHRFC Advanced L4 Girls 10-18 and Vancouver Tennis Clinic Girls L4 tournaments in October and March, respectively.

She is listed as a four-star recruit and top-100 class of 2019 player nationally by Tennis Recruiting Network. Jin received multiple Division I offers but will attend and play tennis for Wesleyan University in Connecticut this fall. Jin decided on Division III Wesleyan over bigger-school offers because of the university's strong tennis program and academics. Wesleyan finished the 2018-2019 season with a 20-2 overall record and won the NCAA Division III Championship in March.

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