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Posted: Sunday, September 16, 2012 12:06 am | Updated: 11:23 am, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

FAIRBANKS — Logistical challenges made high school tennis players prepare for the Mid Alaska Conference Tournament sooner than expected.

The tournament was moved up one week and moved outdoors because of a lack of courts at the Alaska Club South, where the tournament has taken place since 2004, the first season of high school tennis in Interior Alaska.

This year’s tournament runs Thursday through Saturday at the Dan Ramras Community Tennis Courts, next door to the Mary Siah Recreation Center.

Steve Zanazzo, Region VI activities coordinator, said the Alaska Club South has three indoor courts, and one was recently converted into a turf soccer field. The other court is for club members and the third court is for use by the Fairbanks Tennis Association, which coordinates high school tennis in the Interior.

“We couldn’t play regionals (conference tournament) on one court. We have too many matches to handle,” Zanazzo said last week during a telephone interview. “With this being near the end of September, hopefully we will have some warm weather.”

According to the Weather Channel’s website (www.weather.com), temperatures are expected to be in the 50s late this week with chances of rain.

The high on Thursday is expected to be 53 degrees with a 40-percent chance of rain. On Friday, the forecast is mostly sunny with a high of 52 and a 20-percent chance of rain. There is 10-percent chance of rain Saturday, but the weather is expected to be mostly sunny with a high of 55.

If the weather becomes wetter than expected, Zanazzo said the tournament will rescheduled for the following week, and the competition will move indoors on one court at the Alaska Club South.

The Mid Alaska tournament will be followed by the state tournament in Anchorage on Oct. 5-6.

Contact staff writer Danny Martin at 459-7586.

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