• Breakers girls tennis squad getting ready to compete

    By Jon Charron

    With a squad that is filled with freshmen, the Breakers girls’ tennis team have very little match experience. However, head coach Jeff McDowell’s has the leadership skills and coaching experience to getting his squad ready to be competitive.

    Unlike most teaching philosophies, McDowell likes to get his girls to begin hitting with each other immediately. This helps to incorporate competitiveness in drills, which in turn will hopefully translate into the actual match itself. In other words, “practice how you play.” Being competitive in practice is an integral part of McDowell’s teaching, but focusing on a proper serve technique is the most important. Teaching how to properly serve is one of his main emphases because it is the hardest part of tennis to master, he points out.

    One of the most exciting things about the upcoming season is the brand new premium resurfaced courts that the Breakers will be playing on. McDowell says that the squad is excited and looking forward to playing on them. They will get to break in their new courts against Monterey High on Thursday, September 11 at 4:00 p.m. in a practice match.

    The Breakers first regular season match is against Gonzales High at Gonzales on Monday, September 22 at 3:30 p.m.

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    posted to Cedar Street Times on September 5, 2014

    Topics: Front PG News, Sports


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