Lady Bulldogs enter state tournament with young team
By LARRY LEEDS, Sports Editor
Have fun and be professional is what Madison Tennis Coach Robb Graham is hoping the Lady Bulldogs will do at the State Tennis Tournament that begins in Sioux Falls on Thursday.|
This year, the state tournament will be held at three locations: McKennan Park, Sioux Falls Washington and Brandon Valley.
"Getting to all the locations with travel time will be difficult for me," he said, "so it is up to the players to have fun and be professional."
The Lady Bulldogs could be one of the youngest teams competing in the tournament. Players include sophomores Simone Droge, Hannah Olson and Sydney Swenson and freshmen Ella Graham, Lacee Fedeler and Katie Bergheim.
Coach Graham wants to make sure his team uses the proper form and executes the techniques they have worked on in practice.
"It is always great to see them generate some topspin while hitting the ball cross-court," he said. "It is great to see them moving their feet or being active on the court in doubles."
According to Graham, all of the doubles teams are doing well now. The number one doubles team of E. Graham and Droge played really well last year and made it to the flight #2 consolation championship. This year they are in flight #1, but they are playing well right now, he said.
Olson and Swenson, the flight #2 doubles, are moving around the court and getting to a lot of balls.
"If they are focused, they can put pressure on a lot of teams," Graham said. "If they are staying close, they have enough talent to win a close match."
Fedeler and Bergheim are a solid team at flight #3.
"They have a good sense of the court and are playing well together," Graham said. "Their serves have improved this season, as has their form."
Placing at state depends on a lot of factors; one is the draw, he said, but just as important is how well you match up against the opponents, how well the opponents play and even the wind will be a factor.
"There are a lot of items beyond our control," Graham said. "Most schools have very solid doubles teams this year, and I am hoping we can be competitive," he said.
Playing in the state tournament will help their mental approach for future matches as well as others they may play, according to Graham.
The tournament begins at 9 a.m. Thursday at McKennan Park in Sioux Falls.
In case of rain, the tournament will be moved inside to the Sioux Empire Fitness Center and Westward Ho indoor courts.
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