COACH: Nathan Gaudreau
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: State Open quarterfinalist in 2012 with a 21-2 individual record. Went 6-1 in postseason tournaments. ... Played at No. 1 position in every match this year. ... Ranked No. 17 in New England in USTA 16 and under. ... Battled multiple ailments and injuries.
DENUCCI SAID: "I just keep looking forward knowing that I'll get better. ... I just fought through the injuries, I taped my ankle. I knew they couldn't do anything with the fractured foot. ... I know that I'm going to get better so I just fight through [the injuries and illnesses]. I don't worry about it and just play tennis — I don't make up excuses."
GAUDREAU SAID: "Katherine is a fighter. You hear coaches say things about players like, ‘They've got fight in them,' but if this girl is down in a match, you know she's going to come back. ... It doesn't even enter her mind that she's not going to win a match because she's injured. If you asked her, she would probably tell you she's blessed with all the things that have happened to her. ... her attitude is contagious in such a good way. It's just a blessing to have her on my team. She won the MVP this year and I don't see that changing.”
UP NEXT: Spends summers in Cape Cod, teaches lessons to young players at New Seabury tennis center. Working to get stronger and get back to 100 percent healthy.
IN 10 YEARS: "Hopefully still playing tennis and teaching kids. I'd like to be able to help people play tennis and teach my kids how to play."
MISCELLANEOUS: Diagnosed with mononucleosis in February 2011, parvovirus in April and Lyme Disease in September. Also sustained a fractured foot and a sprained ankle in that period, while only losing three matches in her two years. ... Began playing tennis in third grade. Has two sisters, Lexi, 13 and Madeline, 11, both ranked highly in New England USTA rankings, coached by their father Matt DeNucci, who was captain at Providence College and New England champion in 1989.