Section Win Caps Strong Girls Tennis Season

Lauren Lubenow, Senior Staff Writer

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  Girls Tennis had a fantastic season this year, winning sections and competing in the state tournament a few weeks ago. The girls ended their season with a 7-9-1 record despite losing some players to injuries throughout the season.
  Junior Maggie Wang said, “I think that it went pretty well, overall. There were definitely a few snags, but we pulled through and powered through the season.”
  In the beginning of October, the girls took on many teams at sections. They beat St. Michael-Albertville, Maple Grove, and then Armstrong to win their sections and advance to the state tournament.
  Though they suffered a tough loss in the first round of state to Edina, the girls were thrilled to make it to state. Edina has been a girls tennis powerhouse in recent years, and won their state tournament matchups 7-0, 6-1 and 7-0 en route to their winning the state title.
  The girls then took on Eagan in the first round of the consolation bracket, but lost 3-4, putting an end to their season. The girls dominated in their doubles matches, winning all three, but struggled to defeat Eagan when it came to singles matches, in which they lost all four.
  “State was great. Even though we lost, the experience was what really mattered and I think it made for good team bonding,” said Wang.
  Senior Captain Lauren Lo said, “Everyone was just happy we made it to state; we really weren’t supposed to. We had a pretty bad losing streak at the beginning of the season because the team was so inexperienced and we were overlooked by many teams.”
  “The hardest thing for me was that Eagan advanced to the consolation championship and played Elk River. Elk River beat Eagan 5-2, and we beat Elk River 5-2 during the season,” said Lo.
  Lo said, “We lost last year’s key players. [They] lost 10 seniors and one of our two freshmen. It was definitely tough at the beginning of the season because the returners really had to step up and had to reiterate what varsity tennis is like and our work ethic.”
  “The whole team dynamic changed as it was underclassmen oriented- possibly for the better- and the new perspective was refreshing,” said Lo. “Early on our inexperience really showed, but with time our team grew more confident.”
  The girls also welcomed new head coach, Kathy Farmer, to their team.
  “We had a new head coach this year who was the previous JV coach. There weren’t many training changes, it was just adjusting to her different coaching styles and different drills that we would do,” said Lo. “I’m not sure how the team is gonna be next year, we have a lot of potentially great players, they just need to work really hard in the off-season. I will not overlook this team next year.”