Tennis SeasonTennis season was very good and much improved, but there's still work to do.
By: Brandon Less, Sibley Scribe
As the Tennis season closed in on Sections, the Henry Sibley Varsity Tennis team was 8-4, and with a win against Burnsville, the tennis team finished third in conference. Even though this is not the ideal record for Coach Prondzinski, he says the team still met and exceeded his expectations for the season.
Prondzinski says that one of the main aspects the team exceeded in is in work ethic. Compared to past years, this year’s team worked harder in practice and had the right mindset to succeed. They understood that if they wanted to win in Sections—which was Prondzinski’s most important goal—they must have the edge in skill and physical ability.
This season’s success can be partly attributed to the great play of senior Sebastian Beerman and sophomore Adam Dorn. At number one in Doubles, Sebastian provided a consistent shot that Prondzinski says improved a great deal. For Adam, this was his first year playing number four in singles. He was a surprise force, having only one loss, and being the only player to beat rival Mahtomedi. Both Beerman and Dorn have been a large part of the team’s success, but it can also be attributed to the strong play from Matt Schull coming off a back injury.
Last season Matt broke his back and could not play. It was hard for him to practice in the off-season and even when he did, it was, of course, not the same as playing through the intensity of a real match. One of the main effects of the injury was that Matt was unable to toss the ball where he needed to so that he could hit his best serve. He was able to serve, but not with the same pace or strength. However, Prondzinski says he was impressed this year with his ability to hit the ball with consistency, and says with more playing time, Matt will get even better.
Prondzinski believes if anything, their main bump in the road may have been the team’s inconsistency with their level of play. He describes it as “shots on Monday aren’t the same on Tuesday.” The team is very young but with their work ethic, they are bound to have many successes next season.