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May 21, 2013

Manchester Essex tennis 28-0 this spring

Manchester Essex high school has long been known for its tennis prowess. Year in and year out the boys and girls tennis squads sit atop or near the top of the Cape Ann League and successful tournament runs usually follow in the postseason.

This spring has been been a little different. The Hornets boys and girls are in the midst of strong seasons, but believe it or not each team has raised the bar and stepped their respective games up a notch which has led to many disappointed opponents this season.

Entering the home stretch of the regular season the Manchester Essex boys and girls tennis programs have put together a combined record of 28-0, the girls 15-0 and the boys 13-0, both sit atop the Cape Ann League Small and both are poised to make a run towards a state title. One only needs to take a quick look at both Hornets squads in action to see how they have made it this far without a blemish on each of their records.

Dominant doesn’t even begin to describe the Hornets’ success this season as they don’t just beat teams, they annihilate them. Through 15 matches this spring only three teams have been fortunate enough to take a point from the Manchester Essex girls, who also have a pair of unbeaten players on the roster to go along with 12 shutout wins.

The boys have also been stellar with six shutout wins and victories over Cape Ann League powers such as Hamilton-Wenham and North Reading, teams that have been a thorn in their side in recent seasons.

Every good tennis team must have a strong one-two punch at the top of the singles lineup, and unsurprisingly that’s where the strength of both the Hornets boys and girls squads lie.

On the girls side No. 1 singles player Brittany Collens and No. 2 singles player Michelle Fuca are as good a one-two punch that you will find in Division 3 and the duo is one of the main reasons the Hornets are the favorites to take their second Division 3 state title in three seasons. Collens, who is heading to Division 1 New Mexico St. next year, is unbeaten at the No. 1 spot as is Fuca, who was the Hornets No. 1 player in each of the last two seasons thriving in that role.

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