Tough opener leads to 4-3 Tonka tennis loss

Sports Editor

Minnetonka High girls tennis coach Dave Stearns chose a tough opener for his team last week, and the result was a 4-3 loss to St. Cloud Tech.

(SUN SAILOR STAFF PHOTO BY John Sherman)
Senior Sophie Coatta of the Minnetonka High girls tennis team won her third singles match in straight sets against St. Cloud Tech.

The loss was somewhat painful, in that the Skippers didn’t close out either of the three-set doubles matches played that day.

On the other hand, Stearns was pleased with the way senior singles players Sophie Coatta and Julia Luehr came through with key points.

“It was a match we could have won 4-3 or maybe even 5-2,” said Stearns. “We had a couple lapses in concentration. St. Cloud Tech is a good team that played in the state tournament last year, and they had played Edina tough in a 5-2 loss earlier this season.”
Stearns talked about Coatta and Luehr as two players he’s relying on in singles.

“Sophie and Julia played some very good tennis,” he said.

Coatta won her match 6-4, 6-3 and Luehr’s victory was 6-3, 6-1.

Also claiming a win in straight sets was Minnetonka’s third doubles team of junior Audrey McMillan and sophomore Libby Andraschko.

“I am very pleased with how well they played together,” said Stearns. “They won two challenge sets to earn the third doubles spot for the week. We have three teams vying for third doubles right now.”

At No. 1 doubles, the Skippers are rolling with senior captains Bella Bot and Katie Wegrecki. The No. 2 team consists of the Henriksen sisters, junior Lara and ninth-grader Lena.

“The good news against Tech was that we played well enough to win,” said Stearns. “Sometimes the other team just plays better. Tech is strong at first and second singles with the Tarrolly sisters, Ashley and Katelyn. Our No. 1 and 2 players are both young. Annika Elvestrom, who is playing No. 1, is an eighth-grader and Emily Jurgens, our No. 2, is a ninth-grader.”

Elvestrom gave all she had in a 7-6, 6-2 loss to Katelyn Tarrolly.

“Our young players are positive, and they’re coachable,” Stearns observed.

The Skippers will open the Lake Conference portion of their season at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7, when they play Eden Prairie on the Minnetonka High School courts.

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