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April 3, 2014

Triton tennis aims for success in 2014

BYFIELD — If the Triton Regional High School tennis program faces adversity this season, it likely won’t be due to youth. With nine seniors between the two teams, the Vikings are gearing up for what they hope will be strong seasons.

Kristin Spanger-Flaherty, beginning her third season as head coach of the girls varsity team, is hoping that it is her best yet. With the core of returning players she has this season, who would doubt it? Senior captains Kaley Towns and Anastasia Small are back, as are seniors Alexa Bryant and Clare Delaney. Eliza Mullen is also returning as a junior doubles player, as is sophomore Grace Williams.

Experience is often tied to a strong work ethic, something that Spanger-Flaherty’s group has shown. While working hard in the season’s opening weeks, the Vikings have also worked diligently in the off-season to better themselves.

“We ran captains practices indoors at the Newburyport Racquet Club starting in January,” Small said. “A lot of our returning varsity players have been playing year-round, doing things such as clinics and lessons as well as playing with the underclassmen to prepare them for this year’s team.”

The dedication her team has shown is something that Spanger-Flaherty hopes amounts to continued improvement this year. In her first year, her team won three matches before winning five last year.

“My players have been working hard all year to prepare for this season, and we are looking forward to our best season yet,” she said.

Triton also aims to take advantage of familiarity with its opponents.

“A lot of the competition that we have is around the same age as us, so we know who they are and have been preparing for them,” Towns said. “Our goal is to win half of our 16 matches and make the state tournament.”

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