With several returning athletes and many new athletes to the program, the Princeton boys tennis team looks to have a successful 2019 season. The Tigers finished just under .500 in 2018, and Head Coach Jon Steinbrecher felt they competed well.
Steinbrecher said that St. Michael Albertville and Chisago Lakes will be the team’s biggest challenges in the Mississippi 8 conference this year. He feels the Tigers will be competitive due to the team’s great focus and great attitudes, and “hopefully that will transfer to the desire to compete well in matches,” he said.
Even the large amount of snow that greeted them this spring didn’t stop them from preparing for the season. They used shoveling as a workout while clearing off the tennis courts and have been talking about mental toughness and staying focused on the court.
Coach Steinbrecher said that every athlete on the team is key and that it takes every one of them to pull off team wins. “Are there players who have developed their skills faster? Yes. However, I need everyone on the team to consider themselves a key player on the roster,” he said. Last year the team traveled with a total of 15 players which meant they were not able to play a JV schedule. This year, due to the large group of new freshman as well as others who have joined for the first time, they are able to hold both a varsity and JV schedule. “It’s going to be a good year of building, developing and encouraging these young players to become the best they can be on and off the court,” Steinbrecher said.