Rick Johnston profiles freshman tennis player Natalie Allen.
"Natalie is a very steady player. She is extremely composed on the court. She'll be a major contributor in 2011-12." -Army head coach Paul Peck
2011-12: Army's third consecutive Patriot League Rookie of the Year award winner ... also garnered second team all-league honors ... totaled the most singles wins by a Black Knight since 2004-05 ... entered the NCAA Championship with a 29-7 record ... the 29 victories rank tied for third all-time on Army's single-season wins list ... won 11 of her final 12 singles matches, including a trio of victories at the Patriot League Tournament ... became the first Black Knight in 11 years to win three singles matches at the conference championship ... shared tournament MVP honors with junior co-captain Erin Colton ... played at every singles position but No. 2 ... shows a 9-0 dual-match record at No. 3 ... is 21-3 in duals overall ... played sparingly in doubles ... went 1-3 at No. 3 alongside Margaret Iliev in her lone spring doubles appearances.
High School: Four-star recruit out of Washington ... started playing competitive tennis at age 13 ... two-time WIAA 3A State Champion (2009, 2011) ... three-time Metro Division Champion (2008, 2009, 2011) ... three-time Sea King Division Champion (2008, 2009, 2011) ... WIAA 3A State Sportsmanship Award in 2009 and 2010 ... Jill Curran Metro Sportsmanship Award in 2011 ... three-time Metro All Sports Academic Award (2009-11) ... highlight of high school career was winning 2011 state championship after falling to the same opponent in 2010.
Personal: Natalie Allen ... daughter of Bob and Mari Allen ... born April 1, 1993, in Seattle, Wash.... has two siblings - Christopher and Catherine ... first member of her family to embark on a military career ... likes to read, hike, swim and read during her free time ... major is undeclared.