MVHS girls' tennis preview
RUMFORD -- Tennis has numerous peaks and valleys because the complexion of a match can be altered on each serve or volley. Therefore, the level of success depends on the combination of physical skills and mental toughness that exists in every individual.
The Mountain Valley girls' tennis team made positive strides by earning a Class B tournament berth. It was quite a turn about for the Falcons, winless in 2010, but improved before losing in the first round last year to top-seed Falmouth.
The top of the ladder features seniors at No. 1 and No. 2 singles, Katie Billings and
Stephanie Garcia. They will need to make adjustments after having been successful in doubles.
Last year, I lost my top three singles,” said coach Elaine Michaud, who realizes the players will be challenged, both physically and mentally, so they will need to react positively to any adverse situations.
Allyssa Greene, Hillary Cayer and Kelcie Virgin all graduated.
Junior Taylor Dickson will elevate up the ladder to play No. 3 singles. Dickson had competed in doubles and her position could be an important team point.
The first doubles is comprised of sophomores Abby Pinkham and Elizabeth Adley. A pair of classmates will be at second doubles, juniors Vanessa Swett and Addy Gorham
Four other players are sophomores Kristin Gould and Katelyn Robinson, and freshmen Katerina Kuralt and Brooke Young.
Michaud doesn’t anticipate the Falcons flying by the opposition, so this will most likely result in many 3-2 or 2-3 meets. Every point and/or set will be important.