Boys Tennis Makes A Raquet

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MAGGIE CAROLINE REESE

Erik Williams (12) leaps for a hit in Varsity Invitational tournament. Photo by Michael Mingo.

Sam Lavely, Senior Staff Writer

  The boys tennis team has been playing at a high level this season, currently holding a 12-4-1 record and ranked fifth in the state. As they move past the section tournament, the team hopes to improve on their fourth place state finish last year, according to Michael Deal (11). One large factor the team has faced this season is their young lineup. “This year we have a younger team that has not had much experience,” said captain Jake Mendel (12).
  The team lost several seniors after last season, and it shows in the lineup. The team has only four seniors in its lineup, while it features two middle schoolers. Mendel commented, saying “The seniors have done a good job of involving the younger guys and helping them deal with pressure situations.”
  Deal also commented on the young roster, saying “I’m very impressed with a lot of the younger players, especially Collin Bidoun.” Bidoun is a seventh grader starting for the varsity team in doubles matches.
  The team won the Section 5AA tournament on Tuesday, beating Maple Grove 7-0 in the championship, according to mshsl.org. However, the team is not letting this championship get to their heads. The Trojans will still have to face up against some tough teams in the state tournament, including the top-ranked Edina Hornets. “We’ve had a great season so far, but our most difficult matches are ahead of us so I’m excited to see how the team will rise to the challenge,” said Deal.