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April 4, 2014

Local tennis teams look to improve in 2014

Pentucket girls tennis

On the cusp of a state tournament last year, the Pentucket girls varsity tennis team fell one match short and ended its season with a 7-8 record.

After graduating just one senior, every starter for the Sachems this year has varsity experience, though the team remains young. Pentucket also has a new look with former Sachem first-year head coach Bill Beaton at the helm. After playing college tennis at Wheaton College and graduating last May, Beaton is looking to propel his team to the state tournament level.

“I’m pretty confident right now,” he said. “Last year we were just below .500 and were very close to making the state tournament. We have another year of experience under our belt and everyone that’s starting on our team has experience this year. We graduated only one senior last year and have only one senior on our team this year.”

At Wheaton, Beaton played on the tennis team under Lynn Miller, a well-accomplished collegiate coach with 25 years of experience. Since, Beaton has done a lot of private instruction and is excited about his first coaching opportunity at his former high school.

Leading the Sachems on the court this season will be senior captain Megan Migliozzi and junior captain Coli Downey. Juniors Rachel Darke and Taylor Aulson are Pentucket’s singles players, while junior Maddie Torrisi and sophomores Anna Quattrini, Beebe Jackson and Rebecca Torrisi will be Pentucket’s doubles players.

The Sachems will open their season on Wednesday against Masconomet. While falling short of the tournament last year, it is worth noting Pentucket’s success against local teams. The Sachems were able to beat Amesbury twice, Triton once and Newburyport once.

Amesbury boys tennis

After a 4-9 record last season, Amesbury boys varsity tennis coach Pat Flaherty is leading his team into what he hopes is a better 2014 campaign.

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