THE MALIBU TIMES Athlete of the Week: Britta Mosser, Junior, Malibu High School

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Britta Mosser. Photo by Dick Dornan / TMT

Britta Mosser is the queen of the Tri-Valley League tennis circuit. The junior from Malibu High School won the Tri-Valley League women’s singles tennis championship this year and led the Sharks to the TVL title and a berth in the California Interscholastic Federation Division III semi-finals. She also qualified for the CIF Individuals at The Cate School in Carpinteria.

Malibu went undefeated in TVL action at 12-0 and advanced to the semifinals for the first time since 2004, when they won the CIF Division V championship. Mosser helped spearhead the team’s success this year as she cruised to an undefeated 28-0 record in league play.

And her successful season was no accident. Mosser also went undefeated in league play last year en route to winning the TVL singles tennis championship.

“My goal was to be undefeated,” Mosser said. “It’s been very exciting to do it two years in a row. As a team, our goal was to go undefeated in league too. I’m very happy that we accomplished those goals.”

Mosser, 16, has been playing tennis since the age of four. She practices and competes year-round as she strives to earn a collegiate tennis scholarship. Her home away from home is the Malibu Racquet Club, where she trains with two personal coaches for a couple hours a day, four days a week.

In any given year, Mosser will play about 24 tournaments. She is currently ranked 80th in her age group in Southern California by the United States Tennis Association.

“It’s hard but I manage,” said Mosser, who maintains a 3.8 grade point average. “I’ve been doing it my whole life.”

It is that dedication and passion for tennis that propelled Mosser to back-to-back TVL singles championships. None, however was sweeter than this year’s, when she swept the season matchups with the talented Hilary West of La Reina High School.

West won the 2009 TVL singles title, but did not compete in 2010 as Mosser completed an undefeated league season en route to claiming the singles title. This year, the two past champions face off twice. Mosser beat West 6-3 in a league match early in the season as MHS took on La Reina.

In this year’s TVL women’s singles championship, Mosser rolled early, defeating Monica Godecki of La Reina 8-0 and Elizabeth Ryan of Oaks Christian 6-2, 6-1. That set up a rematch with West in the final for all the marbles. Mosser won going away, beating West 6-2, 6-2 for her second league title in as many seasons.

“I’m happy that I’ve won two years in a row,” Mosser said. “It was an exciting match. It was a great accomplishment to beat Hillary. It’s a big thing to win league. It meant a lot to me.”

As captain of this year’s squad, Mosser led MHS (18-2) to three consecutive wins in the CIF playoffs only to lose to defending three-time champion St. Margaret’s High School in the semi-finals.

Following in the footsteps of her sisters Chelsea (UC Santa Barbara) and Savannah (Emerson College) who played for MHS and then in college, Mosser is looking forward to a future that is both bright, and if she has her way, cold.

“I want to get a scholarship to college and then pursue a future in the entertainment industry, but I have to keep working hard,” Mosser said. “I would like to go to school on the East Coast because I like the cold. I enjoy the snow and the cities like Boston.”

The 2012 season should be one full of promise for the Sharks as they return Mosser, sophomore Lauren Louks, freshman Ilana Oleynik and a host of other talented tennis players.