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April 28, 2014

Triton girls tennis takes a step forward

BYFIELD — Just six matches into the season, Triton’s girls varsity tennis team has proven that hard work and off-season dedication pay off.

At 5-1, the Vikings have already surpassed their win total from last year. A team built largely of girls who have grown together, Triton has four seniors who have given the program their all.

“Our original goal this season was to make the state tournament,” said Triton head coach Kristin Flaherty. “Now, I think our goal is to win the Cape Ann League title. We have four seniors who are a nice group of girls that have dedicated themselves to being the best players they can be this year. They have worked really hard, and are still working hard, and our record speaks for itself.”

The only blemish this season came at home against Amesbury on a day when Mother Nature had a strong impact. Falling 4-1 to the Indians, Triton’s record as a team fell to 4-1.

“It was a bad day overall,” Flaherty said. “It was freezing. It was windy. The conditions were terrible for everybody and we weren’t on our game that day.”

The greatest teams have the ability to rise from defeat and move on from losses — something that the Vikings did just four days later, despite having to reconfigure their lineup. Because of missing players, Flaherty asked Grace Williams and Laurel White to move from their normal role as doubles players to playing individually at second and third singles. Both were able to pull out wins and help their team to a 3-2 win over Pentucket.

“They rose to the occasion,” Flaherty said. “Two of my current doubles players moved to second and third singles against Pentucket and did great. I see those two girls being singles players for us next year. We were missing two of our key players and beat Pentucket, so that’s something we have taken pride in.”

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