When Anne Beasley is out on the court practicing with the rest of the Langley girls tennis team, she fits right in. In her pink sweatsuit and white-rimmed sunglasses she looks as young as some of her players. And she is used to being on a winning team.

But this time she has carried her success into coaching instead of playing.

In 1975, as the number one player at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, she was the Maryland State champion. For the next two years Beasley was Montgomery County's top player, and she was the state runnerup in 1977. She also played for nationally ranked teams at the University of Maryland and Penn State University from 1977-81.

So when she started coaching at Langley last year, the 28-year-old tennis professional had winning memories on her mind. Her leadership and the Saxons' highly skilled team has created more exciting memories. That first season yielded a 19-0 record and the Saxons' first Virginia AAA team championship in six years. Last week they completed another undefeated season with their second consecutive Virginia AAA team title, beating E.C. Glass 9-0.

Individual skill is one of the most important factors in Langley's success. With four top players gaining rankings in the Mid-Atlantic Tennis Association, the Langley team has an advantage over every other Northern Region team.

Allegra Milholland leads the Saxons in the top position. The 5-10 junior was ranked third in MATA in the under-16 division last year. Only Woodson's Michelle Dodds, the state champion and twice the northern region champion, has beaten Milholland in the last two years. Dodds, a sophomore, won the title last week, avenging a loss to Julie Shiflet of First Colonial (Virginia Beach) in the state championship last year.

Milholland's powerful serve and big point potential intimidates many opponents. This season she has improved her reach and stroke variability by changing from a two to a one-handed backhand.

"Allegra has big point potential, she is very strong," explained Beasley. "Her serve is her strongest point. There is nothing close to her serve."

Beasley added that her star player has become more flexible. She has overcome "a big person's failing" by getting down to the shots better.

Milholland and Robyn Evers, the number three player, have also found success this season at doubles. Evers' underspin and agility on the court and her ability to set the balls up all compliment her partner's power.

Evers, a senior, has improved her overall game. "My serve has gotten much better. I'm trying to make it stronger. 'm working a lot on the strokes themselves. We're all encouraging and supportive. That makes it easier," the co-captain said.

Solina Kwan, also co-captain and playing at number two, has a strong baseline shot and powerful backhand. The senior straight A student, who is ranked at 32 in MATA and 13th in Virginia last year, has learned to vary her strokes more and to be patient. "I wait for the opening. I never beat myself out on the court," she explained. "I never want to lose a match, the other player has to beat me.

"We're coming in with four MATA-ranked players. That's our strength. All of these players would play in top {positions} on other teams," explained Solina Kwan, the Saxons' number two player. "South Lakes has been our toughest match this year. They have a lot of depth but we came up with a little more {strength} at each position."

Tony Degregorio and his South Lakes team, the regional runnerup, have worked hard this season to build physical and mental toughness. "We had a goal at the beginning of the season to work on our mental toughness, how we controlled our mind in the game. Our success is built on our ability to hang in there," Degregorio said.

Their efforts paid off except against Langley who they lost to twice during the season and in the regional finals, 7-2. "They've got depth all the way down to the last girl on the team. They've got the skill and mental toughness and they've proven victory before," he added.

Depth is a word that is used often when describing Beasley's team. The Saxons' proved it's dominance in winning all 15 matches. Four of the starting six players went undefeated in team play. The state semifinal was won before the doubles matches were played.

The bottom three players are also very consistent, each undefeated in regular season play. Junior Allison Satre has never lost a season match in her three years on varsity. She improved her MATA rating considerably, moving from a mid-30 ranking into the top 15.

Ly-Lan Schofield, a sophomore and the newest player on the team, was a top competitor in MATA this year. Pari Ghorbani, a junior, has not participated in MATA tournaments recently. But with her improved mental game she hopes to get back into the rankings.

That depth is the edge Langley needed this season. With a less competitive region than in recent years, Langley was the top contender for the regional championship.

With four players returning next season and Carter Lackey, a promising freshman, adding to the starting lineup, the Saxons should continue to hold a top position in the Northern Region. But while this was a rebuilding year for many of their rivals, Langley will have to face stronger and more experienced teams next year.