Girls tennis team practices at the Manchester Athletic Club

On March 31st, about a week before they are to play their first match, the girls’ tennis team practiced diligently in order to have a successful overall season. The team, which will be featuring many new and young players, lost four of their varsity teammates last year to graduation, while two other varsity players will not be returning.

The “Bubble” is a structure that covers the outdoor tennis courts at the Manchester Athletic Club (the MAC) so that they may be used during the winter. Because the school’s outdoor tennis courts remain beneath a layer of snow, both the boys and girls teams must often practice here, many times in the morning before school. Credit: Avery St. Sauveur for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The “Bubble” is a structure that covers the outdoor tennis courts at the Manchester Athletic Club (the MAC) so that they may be used during the winter. Because the school’s outdoor tennis courts remain beneath a layer of snow, both the boys and girls teams must often practice here, many times in the morning before school. Credit: Avery St. Sauveur for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Once arriving at practice, all players write their name on a sign-in sheet so that attendance may be recorded each day. All players are expected to attend practice daily, whether it is at the MAC or in the exercise rooms at the school. Credit: Avery St. Sauveur for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Once arriving at practice, all players write their name on a sign-in sheet so that attendance may be recorded each day. All players are expected to attend practice daily, whether it is at the MAC or in the exercise rooms at the school. Credit: Avery St. Sauveur for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Before officially beginning practice, Coach Ken Rawson convenes his players to talk about strategy and the best and most efficient ways to win points. This is Rawson’s first year as both the varsity and junior varsity girls’ tennis coach. Credit: Avery St. Sauveur for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Before officially beginning practice, Coach Ken Rawson convenes his players to talk about strategy and the best and most efficient ways to win points. This is Rawson’s first year as both the varsity and junior varsity girls’ tennis coach. Credit: Avery St. Sauveur for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Rawson and junior Mara Franklin rally with partners on the opposite side of the net in order to warm up. A typical tennis practice lasts between an hour and a half and two hours, with approximately 10 to 15 minutes of that time dedicated to warming up. Credit: Avery St. Sauveur for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Rawson and junior Mara Franklin rally with partners on the opposite side of the net in order to warm up. A typical tennis practice lasts between an hour and a half and two hours, with approximately 10 to 15 minutes of that time dedicated to warming up. Credit: Avery St. Sauveur for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Middle schools students Rebecca Shan, Naomi Franklin, and Andrea Rennie play a brief doubles game as a warm up. This year, due to a smaller high school team, middle school students are permitted to be play on the varsity level. Credit: Avery St. Sauveur for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Middle schools students Rebecca Shan, Naomi Franklin, and Andrea Rennie play a brief doubles game as a warm up. This year, due to a smaller high school team, middle school students are permitted to be play on the varsity level. Credit: Avery St. Sauveur for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

Carlson and Finnerty, engage in a doubles drill while the rest of their teammates wait in line behind them. All junior varsity players play doubles, while two out of the five varsity matches played during matches are also doubles. Credit: Avery St. Sauveur for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Carlson and Finnerty engage in a doubles drill while the rest of their teammates wait in line behind them. All junior varsity players play doubles, while two out of the five varsity matches played during matches are also doubles. Credit: Avery St. Sauveur for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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