Optimism for Girls Tennis

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MAGGIE CAROLINE REESE

Junior Irina Kornberg competes in a singles match during the August 30th match against Blake. Photo by Andrea Hansen.

Sam Lavely, Senior Staff Writer

  Girls Tennis is starting off the season with three wins against Delano, Blake and
Princeton, as well as three tough losses against Mahtomedi, Prior Lake and St. Cloud Tech. The team also took second place on August 19th in the Mayo Invitational out of eight competing teams.
  Senior Captain Sam Stephenson, who is playing her sixth varsity season for the team, has a positive attitude about the upcoming season.

  “First and foremost our goal is to have fun,” said Stephenson. “But I really hope we get to state this year as a team.” Stephenson is a strong singles player, and will
be a key piece in Wayzata’s successes this year.
  “The last two years we have lost in the section finals,” said Senior Captain Ava Marko. “We are a strong team this year and so I think we have a great chance of making it.”

Wayzata defeats Blake on their home court on August 30th. Photo by Andrea Hansen.

  Edina is currently leading in the Lake Conference with a 4-0 winning streak, followed closely behind by Hopkins and Wayzata, according to mshsl.org. Edina
has been competing at a high level this season, and will be a challenge when Wayzata faces them on September 7th.
  The next home match for the team is set for September 18th against Minnetonka, according to lakeconference.org. This will be the girls’ second encounter with the Skippers after beating them in the Mayo Invitational on August 19th.