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Marblehead girls’ tennis under new leadership

With a new coach in place, the Marblehead High girls? tennis team is ready to get the job done on the court and continue the success the program has had for many years. Last year?s team finished 13-3, losing to Division 2 North finalist Winchester in the quarterfinals.
Catherine Castoldi moves into her first head coaching position, taking over for Tim Stonecipher who is now coaching at Salem State University. Castoldi has been around tennis her whole life, and has been teaching at Marblehead High for the past nine years.
Castoldi?s two senior captains this spring are Kelly Mealey, who plays first singles, and Hannah Cohen, who plays first doubles. Both players are keyed in on this season, looking for big wins and a deeper run in the state tournament.
?Last year was very successful for us, and I think that this year will be, too,” Mealy said. “We have a lot of the same girls coming back for us on the varsity, all of them strong players. I think the main thing for us this season is focusing on our consistency and our determination. If we do that. I think we?ll go very far this year.”
?We are going to practice hard as a team every day,” Cohen said. “We are definitely going to try and beat Swampscott. They are always one of our toughest opponents. So we want to play our best against the challenging teams, certainly.
?We?re keyed in on matches with Lynnfield, Masconomet, Swampscott and Winchester. It seems like we always lose to Winchester or Concord-Carlisle in the state tournament. So we want to change that this year.”
Marblehead will have its first opportunity to play matches in the Manchester Jamboree this weekend at the Manchester Tennis Club.
?I?m excited to have this position and work with these girls,” Castoldi said. “I know they?ve been winning a lot in the past and we want to keep that going. My philosophy is I expect the girls to work hard. I expect them to try and improve their game. Everything that we do in practice will be focused on improving their game.?I want to get the players to enjoy tennis for life, enjoy it long after this season is over. The goal is to improve and have fun. I’ve found that if you don’t improve your game, you stop playing. So we?re going to work everyone hard with skills and conditioning, and teach them all how to really enjoy the game.”

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