Woodstock Academy girls' tennis team anchored by seniors and sophomores

By Denise Coffey - Staff Writer
Woodstock - posted Mon., May. 6, 2013
Woodstock girls' tennis team seniors (l to r) Brianna Bailey, Sophia Sullivan, Harley Blodgett, Aislin Myers, Sarah Owen and Nicole Cotnoir. Photos by D. Coffey.
Woodstock girls' tennis team seniors (l to r) Brianna Bailey, Sophia Sullivan, Harley Blodgett, Aislin Myers, Sarah Owen and Nicole Cotnoir. Photos by D. Coffey.

Senior captains Aislin Myers and Nicole Cotnoir are doing their best to lead the Woodstock Academy girls' tennis team to post-season play. The Centaurs have a 7-4 record. They need three wins out of nine remaining matches to make it into the state tournament.

Myers is the number-one singles player on the team, with only two losses to date. “She's a no-nonsense player,” said coach Ann Rathbone. “She just goes out and gets everything that's hit to her. She's tough mentally and is very tough to beat.”

Cotnoir, in the number-three singles player slot, has what Rathbone calls the best power and best ground stroke on the team. “She's really helping the team at her spot,” she said.

Rathbone is happy with the play of sophomores Angel Martin (number-two singles) and Riana Lincoln (number-four singles) who she expects to take over next season. “It's great to have them there getting all this experience as sophomores,” she said. “By the time they're seniors, they'll be unbelievable.”

The three doubles teams vary according to who is available to play, but senior Sarah Owen is the number-one doubles player for the Centaurs. She's been playing with sophomore Ciara Hanlon for most of the season. Junior Megan Hebert has had doubles playing time, as have sophomores Megan Houlihan and her partner Shealyn Musumeci. “They haven't been playing for that long and they're doing very well for them to be playing varsity doubles,” said Rathbone.

Rathbone said JV coach Lauren Gagnon is doing a fantastic job with the younger, less experienced players on the squad. Several international students are on the team, and that has brought an interesting mix to the training sessions. Junior Nissa Wu played badminton in China and she is catching on to the game quickly.

“It's exciting to have the international students,” Rathbone said. “The kids are really interacting, trying to learn the language from each other. It's been quite a bit of fun.”


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