Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

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April 25, 2013

Veterans Holzman, Garvin and Alagero do it all for girls tennis

Veterans Holzman, Garvin and Alagero do it all for girls tennis

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“I really learned a lot from being on the soccer team,” she said. “We did a lot, and I want to bring that team chemistry to tennis, which can become a very individual sport.”

Garvin has split time between No. 1 and 2 doubles this season, often exchanging spots with Alagero, who was part of the All-MVC doubles team with Savannah Deady last season. She said the opportunity to be a captain has been both strange and rewarding.

“It’s so different than past years,” said Garvin. “It’s weird being both a teammate and a leader. You have to know the line between being a role model and still being a teammate.”

The captains took on an even more crucial role when Alan Hibino was hired as head coach to replace Jen Deschenes, head coach the last six years who stepped down before the season.

“These three girls have been a tremendous asset,” said Hibino, the longtime assistant boys basketball coach. “I inherited them as captains from coach Deschenes, but she could not have picked a better group of girls to represent the team and the school. I met with them the first week after I was hired and they really helped. We talked about everything from what they have done for offseason training to what they were thinking about the roster.”

The longtime Warriors have done their best to provide key information to the new coach.

“I think we helped communicate a lot to coach Hibino about past seasons,” said Holzman. “During tryouts, we knew the girls on the team and we could advocate for them. If they were having a bad day, we could reiterate that they are good players.

“Coach Hibino has done a great job. It’s been different, and coach Deschenes was great. But I feel like this puts the program in the best place possible.”

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