The Mount Si girls tennis team is practicing on their blue courts. It's a cool day, chilly, perhaps.
"At least we're outside," says senior Cheyenne Dixon, returning volleys in singles practice match. "Last year we were barely outside," on account of ceaseless rains.
By today, a little more than a week into practice, this team has had more time outside than in the bulk of last spring. That means that this squad is already improving on the 2012 season.
Dixon, who was part of last year's doubles squad that represented at the league tournament, was among several returning players to grace the team. Others to watch include Kelcey Sharp, Peyton McCulley and Alaina Kinghorn.
"It's kind of like family now," says Dixon. "It's fun and everybody is so nice." Newcomers are made to feel welcome.
Attitude is good, adds fellow senior Kayla Schumacher.
"No one is mad if they lose," she said. "It's always 'Good game,' 'Good hit.'"
It's early, but "we're definitely going to play," said Dixon.
"We go with the flow," says Schumacher.
Dixon plays for fun. She's not a heavy player in the off season, but during the year, "I try to get better and improve."
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Mount Si girls tennis schedule
Monday, March 18
• Mount Si hosts Liberty, 3:45 p.m.
Tuesday, March 19
• Mount Si hosts Juanita, 3:45 p.m.
Tuesday, March 26
• Mount Si at Interlake, 3:45 p.m.
Thursday, March 28
• Mount Si hosts Bothell, 3:45 p.m.
Tuesday, April 2
• Mount Si at Sammamish, 3:45 p.m.
Thursday, April 4
• Mount Si hosts Lake Washington, 3:45 p.m.
Tuesday, April 16
• Mount Si hosts Sammamish, 4 p.m.
Tuesday, April 23
• Mount Si at Mercer Island, 3:45 p.m.
Tuesday, April 30
• Mount Si at Liberty, 3:45 p.m.