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Tennis team young, looking to improve

By Staff | Mar 31, 2019

Making up the Blue Earth Area boys tennis team for 2019 are, in front, from left to right, Jack Barke, Vern Johnson, Nick Frundt, Parker Kienitz, Jack Frundt, James Greer, Jonathan Hill and Gannon Haase; and in back, from left to right, Connor Espeland, Seth Mathews, James Hill, Max Loge, Joe Frundt, Jaime Johnson, Calvin Farrow, Drake Eastvold and Seth Stevermer.

The tennis courts will be a little more crowded in 2019 for Blue Earth Area practices. There are 18 boys out for tennis this year compared to only 11 last season.

Practice began on Monday, March 25, as the team prepares for its first match on Tuesday, April 9, at Luverne. It is one of only two away matches during the regular season for the tennis team this year.

BEA tennis coach Konny Wolff is looking forward to seeing what her squad can do.

“We have some experience but we also have eight seventh graders out this year,” Wolff says. “It’s exciting to see so many young kids come out.”

There are four players returning from last year’s squad with experience playing singles. Jack Frundt is back after playing No. 1-singles last year. Senior Parker Kienitz returns to the squad after playing No. 2-singles the previous season.

Vern Johnson and Nick Frundt are the other team members with the most experience having played in the No. 3 and 4 singles positions a year ago.

Joining those four on the squad are Jack Barke, James Greer, Jonathan Hill, Gannon Haase, Connor Espeland, Seth Mathews, James Hill, Max Loge, Joe Frundt, Jaime Johnson, Calvin Farrow, Drake Eastvold and Seth Stevermer.

“I believe we will be improved but we have a tough schedule so we will see how it goes,” Wolff comments.

Following their opening meet on the road, the Bucs return home to host Albert Lea on April 11, for the first of eight consecutive home meets.

Section team play will begin on May 20. The individual section tournament will begin on May 23. All section play takes place at Gustavus Adolphus College.

Rochester Lourdes is the favored team in the section while St. James, St. Peter and Fairmont appear to be the frontrunners in the Big South Conference, according to Wolff.

“The boys spent a lot of time practicing at the fitness center during the offseason,” Wolff explains. “We have some competitive kids with pretty good attitudes and I expect they will improve as the season progresses.”