Maroon tennis team is counting on senior leaders
Thursday, April 20, 2017 12:00 AM
MENOMINEE — The Menominee boys’ tennis team has a new coach but some experienced players returning for this season, which starts Friday with the Early Bird Invitational.
The team is coached by Sam Larson, a Menominee graduate and former tennis player.
“I am very excited to be coaching this team,” Larson said. “The senior leadership has been phenomenal, and they are great role models to our underclassmen.”
Larson said lineups may change since it’s so early in the year, but senior Jon Anttila figures to be the Maroons’ No. 1 singles player.
“Jon has great footwork, and he’s been playing tennis for a long time, so he has a great understanding of the game,” Larson said.
Fellow senior Austin Hansen is penciled into the No. 2 singles spot.
“He has all the skills he needs,” Larson said. “One of his challenges will be to stay patient and make his opponent make mistakes.”
Sophomore Tyler Kuester will compete in his first year on varsity.
“He’s shown improvement, even since the season began,” Larson said. “His groundstrokes are coming along nicely.”
Freshman Keagan Monroe will round out the singles players.
Seniors Levi Kempka and Jake Anglehart will be the No. 1 doubles team.
“Levi and Jake have great chemistry,” Larson said. “They are both very skilled players who do not beat themselves often.”
Sophomore Kyle Anderson and junior Cole Jersey will be the second doubles team, and Jonah Cole and Noah Everard, both sophomores, will be No. 3.
“(Cole and Everard) are probably the fastest developing players we have,” Larson said. “I see progression every time they come to practice. They have length and are both tough at the net.”
Steve Polaski and Braeden Parrett are slotted at No. 4 doubles.