The USA Deaf Sports Federation (USADSF) announced that Emily Hangstefer of Signal Mountain, Tenn. was named the 2013 USADSF Sportswoman of the Year during the USADSF House of Delegates meeting on November 9, 2013 for her performance at the 2013 Deaflympics in Sofia, Bulgaria. The 2012 graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) is the first tennis player to receive the honor.
Holding serves and trading points and games back and forth, the Americans and the Germans battled for gold in the mixed doubles final Saturday at Dema Tennis Center.
Then the Germans broke a serve from Americans Daniel and Emily Hangstefer and rallied to win the second set, the match, and the gold medal, 6-3, 6-3.
On Thursday, members of the U.S. Tennis Team sat on the sidelines, fingers crossed and eyes locked on two siblings returning volley after volley on the red clay courts of the Dema Tennis Center. Daniel and Emily Hangstefer, of Chattanooga, Tenn., were battling their third consecutive seeded mixed doubles team. This time, it was the No. 2 seed team from France, Mikael Laurent and Sophie Bernard.