Anoka

Head coach (years with team): Joey Evavold (3rd year).

Team captains: Maya Nibbe and Jersi McAlpine.

Returning starters/key contributors: Maya Nibbe and Jersi McApline, both all-conference tennis players last season. Sara Roof and Bethany Lieser led the team in doubles wins last season.

Team strength(s): “Our team returns some stability and experience into the lineup,” Evavold said. “We return two all-conference players from the team last season, and return a good amount of girls who played at various positions within the lineup. We have a lot of multi-sport athletes, so a few of our strengths are our athleticism and mental toughness.”

New players: “I expect Elanga Seibure to continue to contribute to both the singles and doubles lineup as needed after a strong freshman season,” Evavold said. “I am also looking forward to the return of a healthy Olivia Anderson, a fantastic athlete who struggled with injuries most of last season.”

Expectations: “We are looking to continue to develop our culture and grow the sport at Anoka,” Evavold said. “We are hoping to compete in each match and show lots of grit on the court. We want to have a fun season and continue to improve each day.”

Coon Rapids

Head coach (years with team): Scott Storrick (18th year).

Team captains: Kaytlyn Syverson (junior), Grace Hannula (senior) and Emma Newton (senior).

Returning starters/key contributors: Syverson, Hannula, Newton, Ella Giorgi (junior), Kelsie Golman (sophomore), Anna Beczkalo (senior) and Anna Samit (senior).

Team strengths/expectations: “I believe we are deep this year in singles and doubles,” Storrick said. “Our hope every year is to get better as the season progresses to be ready for section play. A couple of goals is for our players to enjoy the season and to win more than we lose.”

Blaine

Head coach (years with team): Jeff Fedor (9th year as head coach, 18th with team).

Team captains: Seniors Sara McGrath and Mary Shogren.

Returning starters/key contributors: Fedor said: “Olivia Troy - played mainly second singles last season, 14-10 record; Mary Shogren - played mainly first doubles last season, 15-9 record; Maria Merck - played third singles and second doubles last season, 9-12 record; Sara McGrath - played third doubles last season, 10-11 record; Yaa Oduro - played some varsity singles and doubles last season, 12-8 record.”

Team strength(s): “We have some experience returning from last season with some JV players joining the varsity team that had a lot of success last season and have worked on their games in the offseason,” Fedor said.

New players: “There are several sophomores and juniors that are competing for the open positions on varsity and will help provide us with strength and depth in the lower singles and doubles positions of our lineup,” Fedor said.

Expectations: “Improve daily and make sure we continue to stay focused and work hard so we can be a stronger team at the end of the season than we were in the beginning, so we can have a successful postseason run,” Fedor said.

Spring Lake Park

Head coach (years with team): Dave Kuether (2nd year).

Team captains: Michelle Cho (senior), Carly Andrusko (senior), Naomi Whann (senior) and Olivia Busack (junior).

Returning starters/key contributors: Michelle Cho, senior returning at No. 1 singles; Carly Andrusko/Naomi Whann, seniors returning at No. 1 doubles; Sophia Nelson, No. 2 singles (up and coming), sister to Zoe; Zoe Nelson, No. 3 singles (up and coming), sister to Sophia.

Team strength(s): “Relatively young team with 16 seniors graduating from last year,” Kuether said. “Enormous depth with 45 girls filling out 3 squads. Good work ethic, wanting to excel and eager to improve in the NWSC.”

New players: “The No. 2 doubles position will be held by Carissa Roell and Jenna Nusbaum, both sophomores new to the varsity lineup,” Kuether said. “The Nelson sisters will be at No. 2 and No. 3 singles positions, moving up in the lineup from last season.”

Expectations: “The girls are coming off of a rewarding tennis experience from last season,” Kuether said. “They are now familiar with my coaching philosophy focusing on positive attitude, full effort and good sportsmanship. Our courts have been resurfaced, which energized the entire team from top to bottom. The girls show up early to practice and stay late.”

Totino-Grace

Head coach (years with team): Melanie Madden (1st year as head coach, three years with the team).

Team captains: Grace Palmer and Carla Meyer.

Returning starters/key contributors: Solid singles 1 player in Carla Meyer. Returning players’ positions aren’t set since a majority of them are versatile in both singles and doubles. Along with senior Grace Palmer, juniors Amaya Davis, Hannah Gray, Olivia Baldwin and Molly Kalthoff will be exciting to see in either doubles or singles.

Team strength(s): Positivity, creativity and team cohesion.

New players: The consistent player 10th-grader Julia Pomerleau stepping up to the lower singles positions. A solid power hitter, Andrea Carlson (senior), rounding out any of the top doubles positions.

Expectations: Play their type of tennis, own their plays/games, put in 100 percent effort and win the tough matches throughout the season.

Season previews are compiled from coach submissions on a rolling basis. Previews received after press time will be included in next week’s issue.

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