Preview: Spartan tennis team features deep roster
The Superior High School girls tennis team opened play in the Lake Superior Conference with a 5-2 win over Cloquet Tuesday afternoon at the Superior Middle School courts.
Winning singles matches for the Spartans were seniors Creede McClellan, Emma Ferrando and Mystic Raddatz.
Two more seniors, twin sisters Allie and Hannah Thul, swept Courtney Beaupre and Ally Martin at No. 1 doubles, and senior Aili Ebon and sophomore Angel Raddatz won a pair of 6-3 sets over Erin Genereau and Nicole Blatchford at No. 3 doubles.
In other action, Cloquet’s Rose Lundquist defeated sophomore Maddy Myer at No. 1 singles, and Morgan Granda and Bijon Towne swept juniors Maddy Graham and Desiree Jensen.
Superior is looking to improve on last year’s overall record of 3-13. The Spartans also finished tied for fourth place in the LSC at 3-6.
Leading the Spartans is fourth-year head coach Mark Winkle. He will be relying heavily on the Thul sisters, who were all-conference last season and advanced to the WIAA sectional meet.
“Along with Allie and Hannah we have a lot of depth in our lineup,” Winkle said. “We have 10 players behind them ready to play a varsity role.”
Superior’s roster also includes senior Natalie Olson; junior Katherine Caven; sophomores Rose Ion, Megan Jaszczak, Madison Sislo and Alyssa Stuart; and freshmen Elizabeth Evans, Hannah Furey, Drew Urbaniak and Abby Willmore.
If there’s anything that worries Winkle, and assistant coach Andrea Podpeskar, it’s experience.
“We don’t have the experience compared with other teams,” Winkle said. “We have solid athletes with two to three years of tennis experiences (many started in ninth or 10th grade), but many of our opponents have 4-8 of tennis experience (starting in grade school).”
As for the LSC, Winkle points to Duluth Marshall as the team to beat.
“Marshall is No. 1, and then it’s a close race between us, Hermantown, Cloquet and maybe Ashland,” Winkle said. “As a team we hope to have our best year of the last four. We have more players playing during the summer months and gaining confidence as they compete, and that will help.”
Superior 5, Cloquet 2
Tuesday, Aug. 23
Rose Lundquist, C, def. Maddy Myer, 6-3, 7-5
Creede McClellan, S, def. Lindsey Lemirande, 6-4, 7-6 (10-8)
Emma Ferrando, S, def. Michelle Jokinen, 6-3, 6-4
Mystic Raddatz, S, def. Autumn Moynan, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4)
Allie and Hannah Thul, S, def. Courtney Beaupre and Ally Martin, 6-0, 6-3
Morgan Granda and Bijon Towne, C, def. Maddy Graham and Desiree Jensen, 6-2, 7-6 (10-8)
Aili Eibon and Angel Raddatz, S, def. Erin Genereau and Nicole Blatchford, 6-3, 6-3
2016 Girls Tennis Roster
Seniors — Emma Ferrando, Aili Eibon, Creede McClellan, Allie Thul, Hannah Thul, Natalie Olson, Mystic Raddatz.
Juniors — Katherine Caven, Madelyn Graham, Desiree Jensen.
Sophomores — Rose Ion, Megan Jaszczak, Maddy Myer, Angel Raddatz, Madison Sislo, Alyssa Stuart.
Freshmen — Elizabeth Evans, Hannah Furey, Drew Urbaniak, Abby Willmore.
2016 Girls Tennis Schedule
Sat., Aug. 13.......... E.C. North Invitational
Wed., Aug. 17........ Osceola Invitational
Tue., Aug. 23.......... vs. Cloquet (W 5-2)
Mon., Aug. 29......... vs. Ashland, 4:15 p.m.
Tue., Aug. 30.......... at Duluth East, 4 p.m.
Tue., Aug. 30.......... vs. Denfeld (at East), 5 p.m.
Tue., Sept. 6.......... vs. Denfeld, 4:15 p.m.
Thur., Sept. 8......... at Hermantown, 4 p.m.
Tue., Sept. 13........ at Marshall, 4:15 p.m.
Tue., Sept. 20........ at Cloquet, 4:15 p.m.
Thur., Sept. 22....... at Rice Lake, 4 p.m.
Tue., Sept. 27........ at Ashland, 4:15 p.m.
Thur., Sept. 29....... vs. Hermantown, 4 p.m.
Mon., Oct 3 Sectional at ECM, 4:15 p.m.