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Local girl makes it to tennis finals in Del Mar


Last updated 4/15/2017 at Noon

Ruth Herman, front center, holds her first finalist trophy; with her are Lucas DeMichelle, front left, Kaedin Kluis, front right; back row, from left, coach Mike Amador, Sofia Echeverria, and Daryl Batac.

FALLBROOK – Local 8-year-old Ruth Herman, who attends Zion Lutheran School, was a finalist in her first novice tennis tournament held in Del Mar.

“Ruth was the youngest of the 10’s girls but plays well beyond her years,” said coach Mike Amador. “Ruth is very bright in school and has many talents. She’s my Super Girl who’s played golf, swims, plays basketball, baseball and of coarse loves tennis."

Ruth started in Amador's future champs program at the age of 5, taking private lessons blended with a group workouts.

"I threw her in a more advanced 12 to 14 year old group workout so she wouldn’t be intimidated when playing the older 10 year olds in the tournament. It worked," said Amador. "Now that she has tasted a little victory, she’s ready to take on the next tournament and bring home a first."

Amador added that Ruth is very musical.

"When rallying, if you listen close enough, you can hear her humming a medley of tunes under her breath," said Amador.

Ruth practices her tennis skills at the Fallbrook Tennis Club.


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