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Hiram girls dominate the court early in season
by Ericka Birdsong
ebirdsong@neighbornewspapers.com
March 21, 2013 10:10 AM | 1161 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
From left, Hiram tennis players Brittney Canty, Amber Harris and Brianna Canty on the tennis court before a match last week.
From left, Hiram tennis players Brittney Canty, Amber Harris and Brianna Canty on the tennis court before a match last week.
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The girls’ tennis team at Hiram was undefeated last week, 2-0, after beating South Paulding and Rome, and head coach Candace Dorrough is pleased with the girls’ efforts.

“I feel like our team is gaining confidence and skills as this season progresses. I could not be happier,” said Dorrough.

The team, as Dorrough describes it, is young in both age and experience. It is led by three freshmen, two of which are twins.

“We are excited to have a young, but strong team. Our key players so far this season are Brianna Canty, Brittney Canty and Amber Harris. Even as freshmen, they are fun to watch and a little intimidating to challenge,” Dorrough said.

While these players are already at a good level of play at their young age, there are others on the team that don’t have the same level of experience and that’s one thing Dorrough would like to see changed.

“Most of the girls have played little or no tennis before they come to Hiram High School. It would be ideal to have more community coaches so that the girls could start at younger ages,” said Dorrough.

Along with getting the girls into the game earlier, Dorrough said she would also “love to have extra courts for increased practice space.”

Even with these two issues, Dorrough said she has a team of girls that all love tennis.

This season Dorrough coaches 14 girls, none of which are seniors. The team is composed of two juniors, five sophomores and seven freshmen.

“They want to play because they enjoy the sport and the team atmosphere,” Dorrough said.

Most recently, March 14, the girls’ traveled to Allatoona to compete against the Buccaneers. These matches, while Dorrough knows will be a challenge, will also help the team develop their skills.

“The matches against Allatoona are a good test of our skills. They are strong opponents who add to our experience,” said Dorrough.

The team has already started the season in a good way, but there are still many matches left to be played. For the remainder of the season, Dorrough said she would like the girls to keep improving and performing at a high level.

“We are looking to make some good things happen. If we play up to our ability, we will continue to surprise some teams. It is fun to see the year unfold. We will continue to work on skills to improve game performance,” Dorrough said.
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