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Tennis Preview: One swing at a time

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Tennis Preview

The Monticello girls tennis team is getting ready to take on the season one swing at a time. 

Head coach Katy Horgen and assistant coaches Casie Monson, Jeff Stone and Brian Rousslang see a lot of potential in their young, but determined tennis athletes.

Last season, the Monticello tennis team had an over all record of 5-12. Their conference record was 1-4.

In the post-season Horgen said that the team won their first round against Robbinsdale Cooper, 7-0 respectively, and then lost to Champlin Park 0-7 respectively.

Heading into the 2019-20 season returning letter winners include: Emma Blackstone, Maddie Bjellos, Alayna Jones, Hannah Mayer and Kallie Christianson.

The captains for this year are senior, Lea Kasper and junior, Hannah Mayer.

Looking back onto last years season, a lot of great players will be missed. Coach Horgen knows it will be tough, but she has great expectations for the rising tennis team.

Graduating seniors that will be missed are Eileen Mavencamp, Same Rose, Paige Grandia and Shay Baxter-Knutson.

“They were great leaders on and off the court and had tennis experience, but I am looking forward to seeing how the team steps up and fills these roles,” Horgen said.

She is not focused on individual players that will fill those shoes, but instead, she’s putting the pressure on the team as a whole to do big things this season.

“As a team, I fully expect that they will step up into those rolls and meet them and hopefully grow into their own team,” the head coach said. “Every athlete has the opportunity to excel and I look forward to seeing that throughout the season.”

Horgen is excited to see the team improve as a whole, but one thing she said the team needs to work on is fundamentals.

“We need to work on gaining match experience,” she said. “We want to execute the little things well. We want to become more aggressive at the net and our serving.”

Head coach Hogen said that the biggest competition the Magic will see this year is Buffalo and Champlin Park. They will be the teams near the top of the section and they will need to work hard to be able to be competitive with those teams.

Monticello faced Champlin Park already this season on Monday, Aug. 19 and pulled out a victory in the No. 3 singles game played by Alayna Jones. She defeated Clara Johnson from Champlin Park High School, 7-5, 6-4.

The team has a lot of potential this season. The Magic hits the courts next on Thursday, Sept. 5 against and at Chisago Lakes.

Reach Jessie Meyen at jessie.meyen@ecm-inc.com

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