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Milford Girls Tennis Showing Depth

Milford High School girls tennis head coach Jim Beyer has a nice problem on his hands. With a number of experienced players competing for spots in the lineup, he will have some decisions to make when it comes to who will be out there playing for points.
"We graduated six seniors from last year's team," Beyer said. "But we still have seven or eight girls back from last year. With the weather setting us back, we are still trying to figure out who will play where."
Beyer expects junior Kate Rosenblatt to play first singles. She will be moving up in the lineup after playing either second or third singles last season and Beyer expects the transition to be a challenge. "She is in a tough position, the Hockomock League is one of the tougher leagues in the state for girls tennis and she will run into some good players," he said. "I still expect her to do well. She is a good baseline player who moves the ball around pretty well and hits the ball hard."
Sophomore Alison Collins will also be competing for a singles spot. She spent her freshman year with the varsity squad playing primarily exhibition matches, but also mixed in some doubles time. Senior Brianna O'Shaunessy played a mix of doubles and singles last year and will bring a fiery demeanor to the court. "She is the most intense player we have," Beyer said. "She really guts it out and stays in points all the way. She needs to continue to improve upon some of the mental aspects of the game, but I love her intensity. I think she will win some matches she would have lost last season with her additional experience."
Senior co-captain Aislinn Varney and sophomore Jess McIntyre will also compete for playing time. Beyer describes Varney as a consistent player with a good outlook on the game. "It's hard to tell if she is winning or losing," he said. "She stays even-keeled and doesn't make a lot of errors."
McIntyre played primarily exhibition last year, but has worked hard to improve her game during the off-season. "She played over the winter and it shows," Beyer said. "She looks like a good player, she hits the ball solidly from both sides and can be aggressive. She just needs to fine tune her serve and continue to build her confidence."
First doubles is one of the positions Beyer will fill with ease. Seniors Rachel Nolan and Kim Hays return after earning honorable mention all-star honors in the Hockomock last season. "They will be the top doubles all year," he said. "They were among the top doubles teams in the league last year. Rachel is very consistent and Kim is more aggressive, so they compliment each other well. They are going to have another good year."
Beyer says he has four or five younger players who will compete for time at second doubles. He wants to see his team show steady improvement throughout the year and has a big goal in mind.
"I would like to make the districts," he said. "I think this team has the potential to do that it will take a lot of work on the part of a lot of people."




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