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Mia Laviage (pictured) is off to a great start playing tennis. The Horn Elementary School fourth grader was first interested in the sport last year during summer camp at the Jewish Community Center (JCC). She quickly discovered she has both a talent for and love of tennis, and she now practices about 5 hours each week at the JCC and the Houstonian. Mia hasn’t started competing yet, but she is on her way after winning 4 of 5 matches at the JCC practice tournament. Her training is focused on singles play, and she has developed a great backhand shot from the baseline. She plans to spend lots of time this summer on the court, and hopes to play on her future middle school team.
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