FOND DU LAC – St. Mary’s Springs succeeded in 2019 on the tennis courts, sending all three of its doubles teams to sectionals.

Better news is that 4 juniors made up six of those spots and they’re more experienced as senior citizens in 2020. Coach Sheri Brannen said there’s a great chance that two singles players will make it to sectionals this season, too, if they’re played.

Senior Haley Franz advanced to state with Brannen’s daughter Samantha last season and had a first-round exit. The loss taught Franz, now a team captain, to remain grounded. Franz has fun with senior Kate Stone this season on the No. 1 doubles group.

” It humbled me since I got a huge head when I went (to state), however then we got beat right now,” Franz said. “So it was an actually excellent experience and it was good to play with individuals up until now above our level. However it taught me not to be too arrogant, and I got things from playing a better team.”

Maeve Ahern and Victoria Gaertig set up on the No. 2 doubles team for the very first time in 2020, however the elders’ rhythm is currently promising.

” As a team, we have really good communication. We play truly well together, especially since my partner is a lefty,” Ahern said. “Kind of opens the court.”

Brannen stated that Gaertig has actually notably enhanced because last season, and Gaertig has harder strokes.

The gamers state the group has excellent chemistry and delights in being around each other down the lineup. The togetherness will bode well for Springs through the pandemic-altered season, which the players understand may throw more twists and turns their method.

” I seem like when you’re close with your team you form a bond,” Franz said. “It’s just more fun to play.”