Crimson tennis team proves it belongs in state’s top

by BOB San

SUN PRESS NEWSPAPERS

Maple Grove boys’ tennis coach JC Lippold knew coming into the season that his team has the talent to contend for the state championship. After playing against some of the top teams in the state to start the season, nothing has changed Lippold’s high expectations.

Maple Grove first singles Zach Adkins returns a shot in a recent match. (Sun staff photo by Bob San)

Maple Grove first singles Zach Adkins returns a shot in a recent match. (Sun staff photo by Bob San)

The Crimson are 5-3 overall, but all three losses have come against No. 1 Wayzata (twice) and No. 2 Edina. They won all the other five matches against Champlin Park, Centennial, Anoka, Armstrong and Rochester Mayo.

“We have made the most out of each opportunity on the courts this season,” Lippold said. “We enjoyed getting to compete against the best teams in the state at the Edina Invite and after close 3-4 losses to top two ranked teams in state, Wayzata and Edina, we quickly became aware of our opportunity and capacity to win the state championship.”

Crimson Jacob Endres (serving) and Rory Calabria compete at first doubles in the match against Centennial. (Sun staff photo by Bob San)

Crimson Jacob Endres (serving) and Rory Calabria compete at first doubles in the match against Centennial. (Sun staff photo by Bob San)

The Crimson, ranked third in the state, will have a busy schedule the rest of the spring because of all the cancellations because of the weather. The big match is the one against Elk River May 9 that will decide the Northwest Suburban Conference crown.

Lippold and the Crimson are looking forward to what promised to be a very exciting and fun month of May.

“We have figured out how to compete at the highest level without losing the joy of the game,” he said. “In my mind, this is the epitome of what high school athletics aspires to be.”

 

Contact Bob San at sunpressnews@ecm-inc.com

 
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