Girls tennis sees growth at St. Anthony

The St. Anthony Village High School girls tennis team's top player from 2014 graduated but the good news is that there are plenty of newcomers to help fill out the roster.

There are 11 new players out for girls tennis at St. Anthony this fall, about a 50 percent increase from last year's numbers.

"We are really excited by the numbers and it's looking like we're going to have a great group of girls," said second-year head coach Ellie Kantar. "It should be a fantastic season."

Among the players expected to compete for the vacated No. 1 singles spot is senior captain Ella White, who went 12-5 in 2014 at No. 2 singles. A total of nine starters are back for the 2015 season.

"I'm expecting all girls to really contribute to the team," Kantar said. "Everyone is excited to be back on the court."

St. Anthony went 9-5 overall in the regular season and 5-2 in Tri-Metro Conference matches last fall. The Huskies ended up third in the conference standings. Kantar would like to see the team at least match last year's marks, if not better them.

"We have some strong teams in our conference and I want St. Anthony to approach every match with the same intensity and focus," Kantar said.

St. Anthony opened the season last week with a 4-3 victory over Minneapolis Washburn. Among the Huskies who won their matches was the No. 1 doubles team of Alexis Johnson and Lucia Marquez-Reagan.

The Huskies have three matches on the schedule this week, including a trip to Duluth on Thursday for a triangular meet against Duluth East and Cloquet-Esko-Carlton. They travel to Minneapolis Roosevelt on Friday afternoon.

—Brian Meyers


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