Confidence on the Court

Olivia Taylor, Sports Writer

Although it is just beginning to feel like spring, Eagan’s boys’ tennis already has only a handful of matches remaining in their regular season, including a few that were rescheduled due to rain. The team has an impressive record of 6 wins and 3 losses, and have won a total of 39 matches this season so far.

Senior Todd Price shared, “We’ve been working hard and [Coach] Nichols has been pushing us, which is exactly what we need.” He believes that Eagan’s goal of going to the state tournament is well within reach. “I think we are capable of beating everybody in our section right now,” he stated.

The boys’ biggest opponent, Bloomington Jefferson, is no longer in the same section. However, senior Brandon Daul pointed out that Eagan would still likely have to compete against them at state. Eagan fell to Jefferson 2-5 earlier in the season, but Daul is confident that the team can overcome that next time the two teams meet.

Price said that the team has benefited from the help of special guest coaches who have come to work with both doubles and singles players during practices. He elaborated, “We’ve trying to achieve what we call ‘Wildcat tennis’,” which he defined as “destroying other teams and really getting things done.”

Daul added that the team has been focusing on “just hitting a lot of balls, because that’s how we get better. We are doing a lot of overheads, especially in doubles. In singles we are working on ground strokes and serves.”

Against both Bloomington Kennedy and Rosemount this season, Eagan gave up no matches. As the boys wrap up their regular season, they will no doubt be looking to add more team names to this list.