Lilit Vardanyan didn't burst upon the high school girls' tennis scene two years ago as a freshman at Burbank High. In fact, she had no freshman season at all with the Bulldogs.
Although she was an accomplished junior player, Vardanyan didn't get a chance to prove herself after the right-handed player was sidelined prior to the season with a right-wrist injury.
Instead of competing with the Burbank team, something she was looking so forward to, Vardanyan was forced to take a physical education class, and was given an activity where she wouldn't further injure her wrist.
"I was in dance class, and I just hated it," said Vardanyan, who took more than a year off playing tennis in an attempt to mend her ailing wrist. "It was a really sad time for me. I would be in class and I would be starring into the mirror and telling myself 'I could be playing tennis right now.' It would just make me cry.