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Adult Male & Female Player of the Year

Players who have an outstanding year that's reflected in state, sectional, and national rankings.

Lizl Kotz

After growing up in South Africa, Lizl Kotz played Division 1 collegiate tennis for Indiana University. Following graduation, Lizl met her husband at the Medical University of South Carolina and together they were blessed with four children. While their children were young, Lizl enjoyed running and competing in local 5k, 10k and half marathons.

In the past three years, Lizl has started playing tennis competitively again. In April 2016 she won her first national title and in November 2017 she won her second in Naples, Fl. In April of this year, she was a finalist at the National Women’s Clay Court Championships.  Most recently, last weekend at the National Women’s 40 Singles Hard Court Championships, Lizl lost a close match to the #2 seed in the semifinal. 

When that result is counted in the National standings, she is bound to rise above the current # 8 listing for the women’s 40s.

For the last few years, Lizl has been a stalwart and winning addition to South Carolina’s Senior Cup Team. Playing in the 35s, her match wins this year contributed to the team winning the Gil Stacy Cup. 

Al Cannon

Al Cannon won the Atlanta Senior Invitational in singles and doubles (Level II National), and won Level II Doubles in Naples, placing second in singles. 

Al began playing tennis at age 30 and is currently Nationally ranked 5th in 55 singles, and #5 in men’s 55 doubles.

Al is very active in local tennis and on Southern USTA committees. He is also another stalwart player on South Carolina’s Senior Cup Team. And like Lizl Kotz, his wins this year helped the team win the Gil Stacy Cup. 

When asked what sets him apart from other tennis players, Al credits that he reminds himself to not take the game too seriously, and tries to improve his game instead of worrying as much about winning.


Past Winners

2018 Lizl Kotz/Al Cannon
2017 Brenda Carter/Nicholas Lombardo
2016 Tom Meigs/Ann Hunt
2015 Emile Rasheed/Diane Barker
2014 Norm Chryst/Cindy Babb
2013 Marissa Chapin/Andy Steingold
2012 Richard Weathers/Ann Harrah
2011 Charly Rasheed/Deanna Vroman
2010 Jim Hinson/Shirley Taylor

2009 Emile Rasheed/Renata Marcinkowska
2008 Andy Lake/Sophie Woorons-Johnston
2007 Judy Levering/Greg Beers
2006 Will Bull/Brenda Carter
2005 Tom Foster/ Rita Anderson
2004 Ben Cook/ Jolene Watanabe-Giltz
2003 Anthony Stewart/ Denise Agee
2002 Will Bull/ Renata Marcinkowska
2001 Mal Brown/ Brenda Carter
2000 Ashley Maddox/ Ray Frazier
1999 Susan Peiffer/ Joe Roberts
1998 Diane Fishburne/ Al Cannon
1997 Lois Landis Miller/ Dewey Varn
1996 Jeanette Weiland/ Bill Jolly
1995 Shirley Taylor/ Frank Meade
1994 Roy Riley/ Betsy McColl
1993 Detlev Nitsche/ Sherry Adams
1992 Ben Varn/ Diane Fishburne
1991 Bob Snowdon/ Gwin Allen
1990 Ruth Troyer
1989 Jim Hinson
1988 Senior Cup Team
1987 Louellen DeStaffany
1986 Bunny Williams/ Mike Sprengelmeyer
1985 Betsy McColl
1984 Dan Guyton
1983 Marion Harris