First-time coach prepares to lead team into Aroostook County Singles Tournament
FORT KENT, Maine — A Caribou native is preparing to lead her young tennis team from Fort Kent into the Aroostook County Singles Tournament Saturday.
Alexa Massey, a Caribou Viking at heart, graduated from the University of Maine in Fort Kent in 2017 and has taken up the reins to coach high schoolers in the game of tennis. Although Massey played tennis while attending Caribou High School, this will be her first year officially coaching a varsity tennis team.
“During my high school years I was on the roster all four years varsity — playing mostly doubles and then singles my freshman year,” Massey said. “In that time we won one Eastern Maine title and were Eastern Maine runner-ups two other years. Tennis is one of my favorite sports to play and, now, to coach. I am eager to see how the season is going to be and to get back outside.”
As for her team, Massey coaches both boys and girls varsity tennis. On the boys side, senior Collin Bennett and juniors Oliver Caron and Nathan Voisine have been showing up to practice sporting their competitive spirit taking this year seriously, Massey said. The three will be participating in the upcoming singles tournament on Saturday, May 7, while freshmen Conner Voisine, Quinn Michaud, and Sawyer Daigle continue to practice.
“Our numbers are not there this year (for the boys), but we are hoping to still show up and play,” Massey said.
Though the girls team has greater numbers, it is young, Massey said. The team is made up of eight sophomores and one freshman. Team member Anah Albert competed in last year’s States Singles Tournament and will be vying for a spot again at the tournament on Saturday. Also competing in the tournament will be Julia Cyr and Hannah Lovely playing second and third singles.
Doubles players include Mia Voisine and Madeline Phillbrooke and Logan Stedt and Shelby Theriault, with freshman Lanie Pelletier rounding out the team.
“The talent level between all of the girls is quite fun to watch and they are eager to come to each practice to practice their fundamentals and get some playing experience in,” Massey said.
The Aroostook County Singles Tournament is scheduled for Saturday, May 7, at Caribou High School.