Xavier tennis teams eye state berths

HS journalism: Saints boys' and girls' team play Saturday

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CEDAR RAPIDS — The Xavier boys’ tennis team is returning five out of six varsity players from last year’s team.

Juniors Alex Hinrichs, Jon Lansing and Curt Lengemann join seniors Charlie Esker, Ryan Jasper and Blake Magill on this year’s roster.

Magill expects big things.

“Our team is the strongest that it’s ever been,” he said. “I think this year, we could make it to state.”

Lansing is another player to watch. He made it to state as a freshman and hopes to get back this year.

“My goals are to have a singles and doubles record better than .500 and to make it to state in either a singles or doubles competition,” he said.

He hopes the team can succeed as well.

“Our team’s goals are to win more meets than last season and to make it to state,” Lansing said.

The boys’ next meet is at home Saturday against Cedar Rapids Kennedy. First match begins at 8 a.m.

With no seniors on the girls’ tennis team this spring, the juniors will have to step up and be the team’s leaders. The girls’ team is led by juniors Nina Marquardt, Camryn McPherson and Sarah Schirm, along with sophomores Maddie Abu-Nameh and Emily Jasper.

Marquardt is the top returning player from last year’s team. She has been playing tennis since fifth grade.

“My goal is to do my best,” Marquardt said. “I’m going to be playing against a lot of the top players in the state. I hope to just do my best against all of them and improve a lot. My goal is to make it to state this year and next year.”

Marquardt and Jasper play doubles together. Marquardt’s team goals consist of her and Jasper making it to state the next two seasons in doubles.

“Our team’s goals are to be the best in the MVC and improve over the season,” Marquardt said. “A lot of tennis is a mental game and we have worked on that a lot so far this year.”

Marquardt almost made it to state last year, but lost in a tiebreaker.

The girls’ next meet also is Saturday, at Kennedy. First match begins at 8 a.m.

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