Prior Lake girls' tennis eyes another trip to state

  • Article by: RON HAGGSTROM , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 20, 2013 - 6:05 PM

Two tennis standouts, a veteran roster and a caring coach have Prior Lake aiming at another state meet appearance this fall.

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Sophomore Chloe Hall plays No. 1 for the Prior Lake girls tennis team, which finished third in last year’s Class 2A state tournament.

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Coach Kris Schneider laid the groundwork. Chloe Hall and Savanna Crowell are the foundation.

Schneider has turned Prior Lake’s girls’ tennis program into a state power quickly with the help of her two young standouts. Hall is a sophomore and Crowell is a freshman.

“When I first came to Prior Lake I saw a lot of potential in all of the girls,” said Schneider, who is in her fourth season at the helm of the Lakers. “I knew what they could do if they worked hard. I was also lucky to have a lot of young kids who were very eager to learn.”

Learn they did, and quickly. The Lakers are coming off a third-place finish in the Class 2A state tournament a year ago. It was their first appearance in the eight-team field since 1991.

“It was great just going to state,” Crowell said. “Taking third place was absolutely amazing.”

Prior Lake beat St. Cloud Tech 5-2 before dropping a tough 4-3 decision to Minnetonka in the semifinals. It bounced back to top Rochester Century 4-3 in the third-place match.

“We accomplished a lot of firsts last year,” Hall said. “Making it to state was a big accomplishment. Taking third place wasn’t a huge shock. We had a good team.”

The Lakers had a good team the previous year, too. However, they dropped a disappointing 4-3 decision to Rosemount in the Section 2 finals. They had beaten the Irish during the South Suburban Conference regular season.

Prior Lake was more than happy to see the Irish in the finals again in 2012. It rolled to a 7-0 victory.

“We were hoping to get them again,” Hall said. “We had a little more fire this time around.”

Intensity is one of the many attributes their mentor brings to the court on a daily basis.

“Kris really cares about the team,” Hall said. “She is always positive, and willing to spend extra time on the court to make us all better players.”

Hall and Crowell have been the Lakers’ top two singles players the past three seasons. Hall holds down the top spot while Crowell is at No. 2.

“Our team doesn’t really care about the age of each other on the team,” Hall said. “We’re really close. We’re like a family.”

The Lakers return 13 players from last year’s roster. They only graduated one player, and that was half of their No. 1 doubles team.

“We should be very strong again,” Schneider said. “We are also still very young as well.”

The Lakers are ranked No. 2 in the state preseason poll by the coaches association. Hall is ranked No. 10 in among individuals.

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