Amanda Covelli has only been at Seacrest Country Day School for three months, but she’s quickly found success with the girls tennis program.

Last week, her singles and doubles wins helped give the Stingrays district wins over St. John Neumann and Evangelical Christian.

For her performance, she is the Girls Prep of the Week.

Covelli, an eighth-grader, averages a 6-1 score while winning 82-percent of her singles matches this season, helping the Stingrays to eight wins.

In January, Amanda Covelli, along with her sister Julia, transferred to Seacrest after spending their tennis careers at the Community School of Naples. After only four players tried out for the girls tennis team, the Covellis were the final pieces to complete the Stingray’s full roster.

“From the get-go, she’s had a fantastic, can-do attitude,” Seacrest coach Dr. Antonio Balson said. “She’s a very happy-go-lucky kid and a joy to be around. But the moment before her game, she just becomes almost a different person. She becomes this laser-focused, hyper-competitive player.

“She’s phenomenal and has become a player that we really count on.”

After a smooth transition onto the Stingrays’ court, she quickly earned the No. 3 singles spot on the team.

“It was a quick and easy transition,” Amanda Covelli said. “I really liked what Seacrest had to offer and everyone her has been great. We all bonded pretty quickly and it feels pretty good to be a Stingray.”

Aside from her talent, Balson says that Covelli’s level of sportsmanship and attitude on and off the court have been her biggest contributions.

“(Amanda) is a very responsible player, her sister as well,” Balson said. “They are very sportsmanlike: They don’t get upset when they miss a point or swing their rackets around or anything like that. They’re very graceful players, not only in their game, but in their attitude.”

Covelli just tries to keep tennis fun.

“You shouldn’t take (tennis) too seriously,” she said. “It’s supposed to be a fun and pleasurable game, so I try to keep it that way.”

With the impact of the Covelli sisters on the team, the Stingrays can boast a 8-1 record so far this season. Their only loss? CSN on March 2 — less than two months after the sisters left for Seacrest.

In what was described as an “emotional match,” Amanda Covelli defeated A.J. Massoll 4-6, 7-5,1-0, in singles, but the Seahawks walked away with the 5-2 team win.

“It kind of finished off my transition between schools,” Covelli said. “It was a good match, and it really made me feel like I was a part of Seacrest now because it totally made me look at ‘OK, I’m a part of the Stingray family now.'”

Covelli, who along with her sister, made it to the 1A state tournament with CSN last season, has her sights set on making a return.

“That’s what we’re aiming for,” she said. “That would be awesome.”

OTHERS CONSIDERED

Ana Arcenegui, St. John Neumann tennis: Won two doubles matches for the Celtics last week

Aliya Ducham, Seacrest tennis: Earned singles wins against St. John Neumann and Evangelical Christian, helping the Rays win both team matches

Katy Wells, Community School tennis: Helped the Seahawks beat St. John Neumann and Canterbury by winning singles and doubles matches in each contest

Coaches may submit nominations for preps of the week by sending an email to sports@naplesnews.com. The deadline is 6 p.m. Sundays.