Island tennis group helps gear up for spring

Upstairs-downstairs had its own meaning at the high school courts during the screen work. — Photo by Tony Omer

The Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School tennis courts felt like the windiest spot on the Island on Saturday, March 23, as a volunteer group of wind-screen hangers battled the prevailing breezes to prepare the courts for the beginning of the high school tennis season. This is the third year the volunteer non-profit group, Martha’s Vineyard Community Tennis (MVCT), whose mission is to support local tennis, has organized the court cleanup/hanging event to support the school’s teams.

MVCT board members, parents of team members, and a group of industrious players from the girls’ team all pitched in to hang the screens that help reduce the impact of wind while playing on the courts.

Both the boys and girls teams are coming back from successful seasons last year and will be fielding strong teams this year, according to the girls’ team coach Connie McHugh. The boys’ team is the defending state champion, finishing last season with a perfect 23-0 record.