It's a perfect 10.
At least that's what the Blue Earth Area tennis team is hoping to be with a total of 10 boys going out for the sport this spring.
Coach Konny Wolff is joining the team for her second season as the boys coach. However, this isn't her first go round coaching tennis. In fact, she has spent five years as the girls tennis coach at BEA.
The boys tennis team, back row, left to right; manager, Karleigh Wolff, Leon Chaudhari, Justus Thelen, Martin Granados, Jaron King, Chandler Kienitz, Hunter Meyers and coach Konny Wolff. Front row, left to right, Mason Kehr, Parker Kienitz, Spencer Petersen and Spenser Timmerman.
"But, this only being my second year coaching the boys, it's hard to say which teams are going to be our biggest competition,"?she says.
The team will start off their season competing away on Thursday, April 10, against Waseca.
The latter part of the Buccaneers schedule is very favorable. Five of their last seven matches will be played on their home court. And according to the coach, that should play out in their favor.
"It helps that we don't have to travel and the kids feel more comfortable there with family and friends watching,"?she says.
After their first match, the rest of the season will go by quickly, as they are scheduled some weeks to play four meets a week.
"The top three teams in our conference are probably Waseca, St. Peter and St. James," Wolff says.
She goes on to predict that playing Waseca as their first match of the year should be a really good indicator of where they stand against the other teams in the conference.
"Last year really didn't end with many wins, but the boys are starting this season with a really positive attitude," Wolff adds.
There are seven boys returning who played on the team last year. Joining the seven returners are two seventh-graders and two foreign exchange students.
Leon Chaudhari, a junior and foreign exchange student, has played a lot of tennis before, according to the Buc coach.
"I?see a lot of positives from him already,"?she says.
Hunter Myers is the only senior on the team this year and will be serving as the captain as well.
"Hunter played No. 1 singles last year and will be again this season,"?Wolff adds.
The No. 2 singles player last year was lost to graduation but Wolff suspects Chaudhari will be competing in that place.
As for doubles, a lot of last year's pairings were split up from losing seniors.
"That open space for a doubles partner will be up for grabs,"?the Buc coach says. "And the other doubles team will be filled by upperclassmen."
Wolff is hoping to see some improvement from last year and it seems the younger players are ready to step up.
"Hunter is the captain and has been really good at showing the younger kids how to do things and to help out,"?she adds.
And on the flipside the younger players are willing to learn and listen to the upperclassmen.
So, despite only beginning practice last Monday, the boys are already working hard this season.
"We all have to share one court in the Fitness Center until the snow has melted off the outdoor courts,"?Wolff adds.
And the one court they do have to share is only for a small window of time.
"We have access to this court for an hour and a half until it is needed for other things,"?she says.
So, both the coach and players are grateful their first game isn't scheduled until April 10 which gives them a little more time to practice.