Delano tennis regroups after run to the top

Senior Cassy Finn returns to lead the Delano tennis team. (File photo by Rick Orndorf)
Senior Cassy Finn returns to lead the Delano tennis team. (File photo by Rick Orndorf)

by Dave Pedersen

Delano’s tennis team hopes to start another good run to the top in what will be a rebuilding year for coach Kim Finn.

The Tigers graduated eight of the top players from the team that went 15-1, with the only loss coming in the Section 2AA championship match against state power Minnetonka.

“We are looking at possibly having five ninth-graders in the starting 12,” said Finn. “In the first week of practice we had 32 girls out in grades 9-12.”

Returning to the roster is senior Cassy Finn, juniors Tayler Hedtke and Amy Max, senior Alex Schreyer and ninth-graders Katie Schleif and Ginger Valentine.

Finn says the singles lineup is young with Valentine taking the No. 1 spot, followed by Schleif at No. 2, ninth-grader Kitty Bonine at No. 3 and either Max or junior Anna Schleper at No. 4 singles.

Cassy Finn and Hedtke will team up at No. 1 doubles. Schreyer and ninth-grader Jackie Damberg will work at No. 2 doubles and seniors Hayley Griffiths and Hailey Hunter are at No. 4 doubles.

Rounding out the top 12 will be ninth-graders Natalie Pupp and Stephanie Almquist.

The first event of the season is the Delano tournament, starting at 8 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, played at both Delano and Orono. Delano plays at Minnetonka for a quadrangular event, 9 a.m. Friday, Aug. 23. The other teams are Chanhassen and Owatonna.

The first home dual match is 4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27 against New London-Spicer. The Tigers play at Litchfield Thursday, Aug. 29.

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