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April 28, 2014

Triton girls tennis takes a step forward

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Though the season has gone very well this year, Flaherty knows that the toughest challenge to date will come this afternoon as the Vikings take on Lynnfield, who remains undefeated at 4-0.

“We are looking forward to the challenge,” Flaherty said. “It will be one of our more challenging matches of the season, absolutely, and we will see how they play. If they play well enough, we can win any match against anyone this season.”

For a team that hasn’t surpassed four wins in Flaherty’s run as Triton’s head coach, the Vikings now find themselves aiming higher and enjoying the level of competition.

“It’s nice that we are competitive enough to play with some really competitive teams,” Flaherty said. “The difference is that the girls played in the offseason. Most of the girls on the other teams play year round, which is what you have to do to be competitive at the high school level.”

While having enjoyed her first two seasons with Triton, Flaherty has grown to particularly like this team.

“They’re nice girls that are all good friends with each other. They spend a lot of time together when they’re not in school. A couple of them even work part time at the raquet club and are constantly playing tennis there. The chemistry is good with them. They’re all nice, kind, bright, lovely girls and I am thrilled to be coaching them.”

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