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As the girls’ tennis team takes a warm up lap, a blue work truck comes barreling down the dirt road and skids to a stop next to the courts. The truck door swings open, and a 5’11 tennis coach, her pet lizard Larry hanging from her shoulder, emerges. The team finishes their lap and starts to stretch, preparing themselves for another day of intense mental and physical tennis coached by Hannah and Larry White.

In the last four years, the Monument Girls’ Tennis Team has won two Western Mass championships, one Individual’s Western Mass championship, and four Berkshire County Championship titles. Jeff Caligari and Russell Digrigoli have lead the tennis team to victory in  past years. But this year, there’s a new coach on the court. Hannah White, former Monument Mountain tennis player and Colby-Sawyer graduate, has picked up the slack and made the team her own. With new conditioning practices and more strenuous workouts, she has heightened the intensity of the team and created a sense of urgency in every aspect of play. Hannah includes all sixteen players during drills at practice which is unusual for the tennis team. In the past, only the top ten players would practice and everyone else would do conditioning or stand off to the side and hit around. White’s approach is to include all players in practice no matter what their ability.

The number of girls trying out for the tennis team has continued to increase every year. Senior tennis member Emily Rada said, ¨We love seeing new people try out, and it’s great to have a variety of ages and talent on the team.” Because of the higher number of players Sam White, former Monument tennis player and Hannah’s sister, occasionally helps out at practices as well. Having two people who are very knowledgeable about the game creates better opportunities for improving and learning. Practices consist of a warm up lap, stretching, hitting and serving, ladder matches, and games. Hannah creates a fun atmosphere where everyone is accepted and pushed to better themselves.

     

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