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The passage is as follows

「ちょうどクラスの半分が参加しているみたいですね」

「え、そんなに?」

先ずはマユリさんからと練習していた為、気にしていなかったのか、私に言われ指さし確認する。

Thank you for any assistance.

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This と is a quotative particle, but the related verb is omitted.

先ずはマユリさんからと練習していた為

is:

「先ずはマユリさんから」と(思って)練習していた為
(He/she) was practicing thinking "I'll start with Mayuri", so...

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You will know the meaning of "と"(with). In this sentence からと means 'with' too.

"から" means 'from', but why do we use 'from' when we are 'practicing with' someone? I think it's used because there is "先ずは"(At first,).

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