Girls tennis preview: Cloquet-Esko-Carlton Lumberjacks
'Jacks have a young team this season, but competitive practices could help push players to improve.
Head coach: Derek Johnson
Assistant coaches: Nick Lind, Tom Proulx
Returning starters: Singles players Addie Loeb, Winnie Benjamin-Hall, Marina Dostal, Lydia Stone; and doubles players Kylie McKeon and Carlee Maslowski
New faces to watch: Brynn Martin, Bella Harriman, Alexis Goranson, Camden Pollard
Team strengths: "We have a close group of girls with a lot of chemistry," Coach Derek Johnson said. "There are a lot of new girls this year and most players are around the same ability level which will make practices competitive when they push each other to get better."
Biggest challenge: "Court space will be a challenge," Johnson said. "With 40 girls on the team and just four tennis courts, it’s hard to get a lot of hitting and match style practices. We will be having split practices a couple times a week this year."