C-I Team Tennis advances to regionals

Made up of a strong core of players off last season’s boys and girls high school tennis teams, Cambridge-Isanti’s entrant into USTA Jr. Team Tennis has enjoyed a great season on the courts by advancing farther than any past summer.

The team advanced out of  the Greater Twin Cities League to play in the 18-U Intermediate Division of the USTA Northern Section championships, filled with teams from around the Midwest states. The tourney is at the U of M’s Baseline Center.

Despite missing one girl due to illness and playing each match with an 0-8 deficit in games, the Bluejackets opened the Northern Sections July 26 by going 2-1 in pool play, thereby earning a berth as a No. 8 seed in the Gold Bracket which continues July 27. The winner of that bracket will move on to play at the national Team Tennis tournament in October.

“Given this additional challenge of being down 8-0, all of our team players stepped up to the goal of not only earning maximum games for  our team, but also limiting the number of games allowed to other teams,” explained Coach Thea Lowman. “That’s the exciting part of the Jr. Team Tennis format: each game truly  counts for the team. It’s not just winning your individual match, it’s focusing on each game played for the good of the team.”

Cambridge-Isanti Jr. Team Tennis (Row 1, l-r): Jay Gislason, Nikki Hallstrom, Tori Marlton, (Row 2) Coach Clint Lundeen, Madi Booth, Marshall White, Michael White, Nick Reiners, Sam Renier, Devin Gislason.