Jan 01

Tennis team state bound for third consecutive year

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After a challenging regular season in which the girls tennis team accumulated just fours wins out of twelve matches, the team strung together a series of successful matches at the perfect time and will be going to state for the third consecutive year.

The team hoped to be seeded second or third heading into sections, but surprisingly ended up with the top seed. When asked about being the favorite in the section, captain Libby Moakley said, “I was surprised at first, but it made sense due to the high level of competition in our conference.” Seven out of the team’s eight losses during the season were to 2AA schools.

The girls played Southwest Christian in the first round of sections, and won 6-1. After this victory, the team advanced to the semifinals at Gustavus Adolphus College. There they played Sibley East, again winning 6-1. Moving to the team finals, the girls competed against St. Peter for the second year in a row. Holy Family won 5-2 to clinch their third consecutive trip to the state meet.

“I am beyond excited about going to state. It means so much to not only the team, but also to the whole Holy Family tennis program” said Libby. Heading to the Reed Sweat Tennis Center, the team will play Foley in the first round on Tuesday, October 25th.

Currently finishing up at Gustavus are the section individuals. The athletes still competing are first singles Sophie Lynch and first doubles Libby Moakley and Lindsey Harris. Sophie Lynch, seeded first for singles, will play in the semifinals against Belle Plaine on Monday. Along with her, the first doubles team, seeded second, will play St. Peter. Good luck to all girls tennis players as they prepare for STATE!

UPDATE: October 18. Libby Moakley and Lindsey Harris finished with a “true second” place finish and Sophie Lynch finished earned a second place medal. Libby and Lindsey will compete in the Class A Doubles Tennis State Tournament and Sophie will compete in the Class A Singles Tennis Tournament.

Jan 01

Tennis team starts season with back to back victories

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As the tennis season begins, the team has large shoes to fill. The previous coach, Jack Roach, arrived in 2012 and began to reenergize the girls tennis program. Jack worked tirelessly with the players and during the 2014 season his efforts paid off when the team won the Class A State Tennis Tournament. The following year, they made it back to the State Tournament once again.

Now, as the 2016 season takes off, the team is expected to have another great season. The new coach of the girls team is TJ Garin, who was previously the assistant to Jack Roach and also coaches the girls hockey team and boys tennis team at Holy Family.

TJ has great expectations for the team this fall, along with the new assistant coach, Amy Dean. “As a new coach to Holy Family, I am so excited to see the energy this team brings to the courts everyday. I am looking forward to a fun and successful season,” said Amy. Senior captains Libby Moakley and Mary Seifert are also excited to help lead the girls this season.

The team started the season against Providence Academy on a good note, winning their first match 4-3. First doubles player Lindsey Harris remarked on her match, “Our final match score was closer than expected, which means we need to cut down on unforced errors and keep the ball in the court. If we can make these changes, we will have a successful and exciting season.”

The second match of the season was on the refurnished home courts at Holy Family against Glencoe-Silver Lake. The Fire won 6-1, christening the courts with a victory.

The girls tennis team has endured many changes from last year. With the loss of four seniors, coaches TJ Garin and Amy were confronted with many decisions regarding the lineup this year. One notable change includes junior Sophie Lynch moving up to play first singles, after playing second singles last fall.

After the second match Sophie remarked, “I think our match against Glencoe really showed the improvement we have made as a team this season. I am very excited about playing one singles this year! I really have looked up to the girls that have played one singles, they have taught me to relax and have fun out on the court as well as fight hard to represent our school well!”
With a new team, new coaches, and new courts, the tennis team has a a high bar to meet and great expectations to fulfill. Many fans are interested to see how the 2016 season will turn out. But, if there is one thing to be sure of, it is that the girls are ready to play and give their best effort to make a reappearance back at the State Tournament for the third year in a row.

This article was originally published on Holy Family Catholic High School’s online newspaper on September 6, 2016. See more stories and slideshows from the school’s online paper at http://hfphoenix.com/