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Merrimack College tennis player ready for next adventure

Alyx Barnes plays tennis for Merrimack College.

Vaughn Winchell

Alyx Barnes plays tennis for Merrimack College.

NORTH ANDOVER — When Alyx Barnes, 21, of Portsmouth, N.H., graduated from high school, her future took direction when Merrimack College asked her to play tennis on scholarship.

“I was unsure of what I wanted to do after senior year,” she said, “so I decided to take the offer.”

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Now she is a senior contributing to what she said has been the best season her tennis team has played in her four years.

“When I was deciding to take this coaching position, Alyx was one of the players I was most looking forward to coaching,” said head women’s tennis coach Paul Arsenault, 30, of Nashua. “She has been a reliable player for our team and is a big part of why this team has improved so much in the past few years.”

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Barnes is a business major with a self-proclaimed “indecisive personality.” Although she has no definitive career plans, she is looking forward to graduating and setting out on her own adventure.

“I love to travel,” she said. “After graduating, I am going to move back to Portsmouth to work and save money so I will have the funds to go around the world and see other countries.”

The Merrimack women went 5-1 in the fall portion of the season, and are scheduled to start their spring schedule in February.

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Barnes said although she doesn’t have plans to play tennis professionally, she will always play for fun with family and friends.

Angie Sykeny

This article is being published under an arrangement between The Boston Globe and the Gordon College News Service.
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