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2024 Spring Sports Preview: SL girls netters have good senior leadership, game strategy

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Storm Lake will enter the girls tennis season with a fair amount of varsity experience.

The Tornadoes return three of their top six players from a year ago in Jaslyn Saengshanpheng, Kristina Yang, and Narissa Lovan.

Emma Dierking mostly played junior varsity last year and is looking to move up. Several others will be looking to fill in the other two spots for varsity.

Storm Lake coach Val Rosenthal considered the team’s strengths heading into the season.

“Our top three have a year or two of varsity experience,” she said. “Our doubles teams should be very competitive. Good senior leadership, game strategy, and a willingness to work hard to improve every day.”

However, there are two question marks with the Tornadoes.

“The question mark is who will play the other two spots on varsity,” Rosenthal said.

Rosenthal discussed how this year’s team could be better than the one from a year ago.

“Experience,” she said. “Several players have played in the offseason so that will improve their game. Mental toughness.”

There are a few important factors that will determine the amount of success the Tornadoes have this season.

“Practicing with game intensity, not forcing shots, and trusting their abilities,” Rosenthal said.

Rosenthal’s insight on the Lakes Conference for this season is somewhat limited.

“I’m not sure who is returning from the other conference teams, but I know that will we be competitive every match, every night,” she said.

Schedule

April 2 at Denison-Schleswig

April 4 at Estherville

April 8 Fort Dodge St. Edmond

April 11 Spirit Lake-Okoboji

April 15 at Spencer

April 16 at LeMars

April 19 Cherokee

April 22 Estherville Lincoln Central

April 26 Lakes Conf. (at Spencer)

April 29 at Spirit Lake-Okoboji

April 30 at Cherokee

May 2 Spencer

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