By Mitch Lehman
San Marino Tribune
San Marino High School graduate Anessa Lee was recently named Female Athlete of the Year at Vanderbilt University, where she is a junior tennis player for the Commodores.
Lee is currently 31-10 after starting the season with a 12-match winning streak. The team is 14-10 and advanced to the national indoor championships for the first time in three years after defeating No. 3-ranked North Carolina State, 4-3.
While at SMHS, Lee won three consecutive Rio Hondo League singles championships. She also won the prestigious Easter Bowl singles championship in 2016, was a doubles finalist in the girls’ U16 age group at the U.S. Tennis Association’s Winter Nationals
and made it to the finals of the 2018 U.S. Indoor Championships.
Lee won the 2019 CIF singles championship, joining Nicole Hummel (1991) and Luana Magnani (1999) as SMHS’ two previous champions. San Marino’s Pat Varga and Debbie Westbrook teamed up to claim the CIF doubles title back in 1972.
As a freshman in high school, Lee won both the singles and doubles championships at the 2016 USTA girls’ 14 National Selection Tournament, where she also earned the Sportsmanship Award.
Lee is the daughter of Albert and Pearl Lee. Her older brother, Connor Lee, graduated from Georgetown University and played for the Hoyas. Another older brother, Ryan Lee, was an accomplished tennis player at SMHS and graduated from the University of California, Berkeley.