A Slice of Girls Tennis
What to love about girls tennis
March 9, 2017
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¨If anyone is looking to join the girls tennis team, sign ups are in the main office,¨ Mr. Kinne’s voice boomed over the loudspeaker. As winter sports come to a close, talk of spring sports is in the air. Girls tennis has taken the school by storm over the past couple of years. With back to back western mass championships in 2013 and 2014, the girls tennis team has gained more and more players. In 2014 and 2015 only 10 players were on the team. This season, however, there are an estimated 20 girls signed up to play. Most of these new players are underclassmen. Because there is no JV team, cuts might be a possibility. Returning players include four seniors and three returning juniors. Key returners from this group are Hailey Higgins (1st Doubles), Olivia Jaffe (2nd Doubles), and Ava Guidette (2nd Singles). Although this team has lost some star players from last year, the outlook for the season still looks positive.
In addition to the new players, there will be a different coach this year. Longtime coach Jeff Caligari has retired after many years in the program and the new position will be filled by Monument alumna Hannah White. White played tennis for four years and also played tennis in college at Colby Sawyer. Although this year will be a learning year, it is not the first the team will face. Over the past four years the girls tennis team has lost many valuable players and has also had three different coaches.
Although unpredictable, this season promises to be an exciting one. As the snow starts to melt and temperatures continue to rise, we will see the tennis nets go up, and hear the familiar ping of the ball on the strings. When March 20th hits, we will finally see what the girls tennis team has to offer this year.