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Ashland's Ditty is inducted into hall

Jun. 14, 2013 @ 07:59 AM

HUNTINGTON — Tennis player Julie Ditty of Ashland joined the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame in a Thursday ceremony at the Crowne Plaza Louisville Hotel.

Ditty, the 34-year-old daughter of Juanita and Jack Ditty, retired from professional tennis in 2011. She is an assistant coach at Middle Tennessee State University.

She played for 10 years on the WTA Tour with grand slam appearances at Wimbledon, the U.S. Open, Australian Open and French Open. She won 38 USTA Pro Circuit titles and played four seasons of World Team Tennis.

Her highest world rankings were No. 89 in singles and No. 65 in doubles.

Ditty played at Vanderbilt University (1997 to 2001) where she was a three-time All-American, All-Southeastern Conference, Academic All-SEC, Vanderbilt Female Athlete of the Year and 1999 Tennessee Amateur Athlete of the Year. She led Vanderbilt to the NCAA finals in 2001.

She began playing for the Russell High School varsity team in second grade, earned 11 letters and won three Kentucky high school singles titles.

Ditty was enshrined in the Kentucky Tennis Association Hall of Fame in 2008 and entered the Vanderbilt Athletic Hall of Fame in 2009.

She was in the Class of 2013 for the Kentucky High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame.
Following are profiles of the Class of 2013:

Alvin “Bo” McMillin
Centre College quarterback in 1917 and 1919-21. A three-time Walter Camp All-American selection. Coached at Indiana University. College Football Hall of Fame member.

Calvin Borel
Jockey won the Kentucky Derby in 2010 (Super Saver), 2009 (Mine That Bird) and 2007 (Street Sense). Louisiana native is in the National Thoroughbred Hall of Fame.

Judge Dwayne D. Woodruff
Bowling Green, Ky., native and University of Louisville graduate. Pittsburgh Steelers defensive back for 12 seasons, including a Super Bowl XIV (Jan. 20, 1980) victory over the L.A. Rams. Was elected Judge of Pittsburgh’s Court of Common Pleas in 2005.

Julie Ditty
Ashland native won three state tennis titles at Russell High School, was a three-time All-American at Vanderbilt University and played on the WTA Tour. Highest world rankings of No. 89 in singles and No. 65 in doubles.

Jerry Carroll

Real estate developer purchased Latonia Race Course in Northern Kentucky in the 1980s and turned it into Turfway Park. Along with other investors, built the $152 million Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Ky.

Donna Bender Moir
Athletic director and girls basketball coach at Louisville Sacred Heart Academy. Has won four state titles including a three-peat in 2002, 2003 and 2004. Also one of the top female golfers in Kentucky.

Pervis Ellison
A center for the 1986 NCAA men’s basketball champion Louisville Cardinals. Was named as the Outstanding Player of the Final Four. First player selected in the 1989 NBA Draft and played 11 seasons.