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Tigers shuffle to fill lineup

Published: Friday, April 18, 2014 2:45 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, April 18, 2014 2:48 p.m. CDT

PRINCETON — Coach Connie Lind has been shuffling the pieces to her puzzle called the 2014 Princeton tennis team.

The PHS coach returns four of her top players from 2013, but will have them in new places this year. Senior Zach Hicks has moved from No. 1 singles to No. 2 doubles to team up with senior Tyson Lorensen, who rejoins the program this year.

Lind said they make a good doubles team, because “they understand the concept of doubles play and execute it well.” Both have strong serves, play aggressive and communicate well, Lind said.

Moving up to No. 1 singles is junior Elliott Beetz, who played at No. 2 as a sophomore. Lind said it’s always a hard transition, but said Beetz has stepped up to the challenge well.

Senior Lucas Bauer is back on the courts this season at No. 2 singles. “He is working on his command of his hard serve and is able to cover the court well and isn’t afraid to play the net,” Lind said.

Brady Frank and Ian Nichols opened the season with a win as No. 2 doubles and have been right on even though both are lefties. Lind said they compliment each other with Nichols’ foot speed and Frank’s aggressiveness.

Senior Ryan Jensen and junior Vlad Stephanov are paired together for the first time at No. 3 doubles. Jensen was unable to play last year due to injury, Lind said. Josh Wray will also fill in at No. 3 doubles.

St. Bede: Bruins coach Mike Lau has a roster 19 strong, but there are just four upperclassman in the mix with seniors Ernie Steinz and Chris Sampson and juniors Keaton Smith and Joe Kim.

Lau turns to his freshmen and sophomore players for both the future and present. Sophomore swingers include Cole Cameron, Jimmy Cameron, Alex Cattani, Jake Hocking, Jack Kunkel, Andrew Lopez, Ben Lucas, Max Moskalewicz, Nick Needs and Jake Peruba.

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