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St. Pius grad trains younger tennis players
by Maurice Dixon
June 18, 2014 11:45 AM | 1622 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Katherine Frye<br>St. Pius 2014 graduate Blaine Boaz trains younger tennis players at the DeKalb Tennis Center. She will play tennis at UNC-Greensboro next year.
Staff / Katherine Frye
St. Pius 2014 graduate Blaine Boaz trains younger tennis players at the DeKalb Tennis Center. She will play tennis at UNC-Greensboro next year.
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While preparing for the next level of tennis, recent St. Pius graduate Blaine Boaz is already preparing for a career away from the court.

This fall, Boaz will be joining the women’s tennis team at North Carolina-Greensboro and majoring in elementary education.

“I’ve played forever and I want to be a teacher so being a tennis instructor has helped me,” Boaz said.

At the moment, Boaz helps train young tennis players at the DeKalb Tennis Center during the week.

“I teach the kids basic things like consistency and moving up to the ball,” Boaz said. “I really enjoy seeing them improve and how they get happy when they hit a good shot.”

On a daily basis before and after these sessions, Boaz works on her game with Kenyon Generette-Oliver, the owner of the Universal Tennis Academy.

“My focus is footwork,” Boaz said. “You can hit as much as you want but footwork is really where it comes from.”

To improve in this area, Boaz watched the French Open from more than just an entertainment perspective and will view Wimbledon, which begins Monday, in a similar manner.

“I just watch how different the pros footwork is from mine and just see what I really need to work on,” she said.

Boaz plans to participate in the UTA Summer Circuit which begins June 28.

“I’m an aggressive player,” Boaz said. “I like to move to the net. My serve is a key part of my game. I like to push my opponent back so I can finish off the point.”

As the No. 1 singles player with St. Pius last season, Boaz helped the Golden Lions reached the Class AAA title game, which they lost 3-2. If St. Pius would have defeated Blessed Trinity, Boaz would be a two-time state champion.

“I like that it’s a totally different world on the court,” Boaz said. “I feel good on the court and its fun. It’s not always about winning and losing.”

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