Two sisters, cousin lead Eastview girls' youth tennis movement

  • Article by: RON HAGGSTROM , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 17, 2013 - 6:00 PM

Lightning girls’ tennis team is “up-and-coming,’’ riding the strength of two sisters and their cousin.


Above:  Jordan Kopfer, a sophomore, is in her third season as Eastview’s No. 1 singles player.


A quick glance at the Eastview girls’ tennis roster indicates a youth movement is underway. It seems to be an ongoing trend in the South Suburban Conference.

“The last couple of years, we’ve been a very, very young team,” Lightning coach Jeff Olsen said. “We are still very young again this year, and have a lot of younger girls on our roster.”

Eastview’s youth movement is slightly different from that of most teams. It largely can be attributed to one family.

The Lightning’s top two singles players are the Kopfer sisters. Sophomore Jordan holds down the No. 1 spot while eighth-grader Taylor is penciled in at the No. 2 position.

The family ties on the team also include their cousin, freshman Mackenzie Novak, who makes up half of the No. 1 doubles team.

“All of them are every coach’s dream kid,” Olsen said. “They are all respectful, great teammates, and aren’t afraid to work hard. They have outstanding work ethic.”

Jordan is in her third season at the top singles position. She is an aggressive player who likes to get to the net to finish off points.

“I’m trying to provide leadership, and help my teammates in a positive way,” Jordan said. “I want to help our team succeed.”

Taylor is in her second season at the No. 2 singles position. She has an excellent backhand, and likes to play the entire court.

“Taylor is always looking to better her game,” Olsen said.

This year the duo has been joined in the starting lineup by Novak, who moved to Apple Valley from New Orleans. She teams up with junior Melissa Barry at the top doubles spot.

“It’s a dream come true having Mackenzie on our team,” Taylor said. “We always talked about playing at the same school, and now she only lives five minutes away. It’s been a great experience.”

Their mothers, Angela Kopfer and Tonya Novak [Breitag], were both singles and doubles high school state champions in South Dakota. They both went on to play tennis in college, Kopfer for Augustana (S.D.) and Novak for the Gophers.

“Our mom has brought a lot of her aspects to our game,” Taylor said. “She is a great role model for us.”

The younger siblings aren’t the only ones trying to follow the success of a predecessor. The program would like nothing more than to emulate fourth-ranked Prior Lake. The Lakers finished third in the Class 2A state tournament a year ago.

“We are an up-and-coming team just like Prior Lake was,” Olsen said. “There are a lot of similarities between the two programs.”

The Lakers just defeated Eastview 6-1 for the second time this season. The individual match scores were closer the second time around.

  • related content

  • Eastview sisters Taylor, left, and Jordan Kopfer celebrated after winning against Lakeville South last week.

  • Right:  Taylor Kopfer, an eighth-grader, is playing No. 2 singles for the Lightning for the second consecutive season.

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions


Team Irvin 25 4th Qtr 9:45
Team Carter 28
Miami 96 FINAL
Chicago 84
Oklahoma City 98 FINAL
Cleveland 108
Dallas 106 FINAL
New Orleans 109
Indiana 106 FINAL
Orlando 99
LA Clippers 120 FINAL
Phoenix 100
Minnesota 100 FINAL
Atlanta 112
Detroit 110 FINAL
Toronto 114
Milwaukee 95 FINAL
San Antonio 101
Boston 111 FINAL
Golden State 114
Washington 117 FINAL
Denver 115
Houston 62 3rd Qtr 7:39
LA Lakers 43
Team Toews 17 FINAL
Team Foligno 12
South Florida 53 FINAL
Connecticut 66
Boston College 64 FINAL
Georgia Tech 62
Virginia 50 FINAL
Virginia Tech 47
Indiana 70 FINAL
Ohio State 82
Stony Brook 61 FINAL
Binghamton 54
Cincinnati 56 FINAL
UCF 46
Maine 70 FINAL
Hartford 61
Monmouth 64 FINAL
Manhattan 71
Fairfield 67 FINAL
Marist 73
Rowan 48 FINAL
Princeton 96
St Bonaventure 48 FINAL
Rhode Island 53
Duke 77 FINAL
St Johns 68
Saint Peters 69 FINAL
Siena 55
Drake 40 FINAL
Wichita State 74
Vermont 61 FINAL
UMass Lowell 50
Seton Hall 57 FINAL
Butler 77
South Alabama 55
Northern Iowa 54 FINAL
Illinois State 53
Louisville 80 FINAL
Pittsburgh 68
Albany 69
Niagara 64 FINAL
Iona 87
Notre Dame 81 FINAL
NC State 78
Belmont 63 FINAL
Tennessee St 55
Creighton 50 FINAL
Villanova 71
Northwestern 67 FINAL
Maryland 68
Washington 56 FINAL
Utah 77
Senior-North 34 FINAL
Senior-South 13
Seton Hall 99 FINAL
Georgetown 85
St Johns 69 FINAL
Villanova 81
Arkansas 58 FINAL
Florida 72
Maine 56 FINAL
Vanderbilt 55 FINAL
Alabama 52
Lafayette 60 FINAL
Lehigh 65
SMU 57
Utah 51 FINAL
Washington 63
James Madison 73 FINAL
Coll of Charleston 53
Delaware 56 FINAL
Drexel 61
Hofstra 56 FINAL
William & Mary 57
Hartford 58 FINAL
Albany 82
Binghamton 54 FINAL
Stony Brook 67
Towson 63 FINAL
UNC-Wilmington 71
Wake Forest 80 FINAL
(17) Florida State 110
Georgia Tech 68 FINAL
Virginia 62
(22) Georgia 51 FINAL
(5) Tennessee 59
Drake 79 FINAL
Evansville 62
Iona 80 FINAL
Canisius 62
Fairfield 33 FINAL
Monmouth 59
Northwestern 75 FINAL
Penn State 76
Wisconsin 71 FINAL
Michigan State 77
Ohio State 79 FINAL
Purdue 71
Northern Iowa 57 FINAL
Indiana State 55
Butler 58 FINAL
Xavier 54
Creighton 93 FINAL
Marquette 75
Providence 42 FINAL
DePaul 90
Northeastern 77 FINAL
Elon 80
(2) Connecticut 96 FINAL
Cincinnati 31
Oregon 78 FINAL
Arizona 81
Bradley 46 FINAL
Loyola-Chicago 45
NC State 49 FINAL
(23) Syracuse 66
(7) Maryland 84 FINAL
Indiana 74
Illinois State 35 FINAL
Missouri State 58
Colorado 68 FINAL
Washington St 73
Tulane 45 FINAL
South Florida 64
(14) Kentucky 83 FINAL
Missouri 69
(9) Oregon State 68 FINAL
(13) Arizona State 57
Vermont 63 FINAL
UMass Lowell 72
Iowa State 58 FINAL
(8) Texas 57
Southern Ill 61 FINAL
Wichita State 80
(15) Duke 74 FINAL
(12) North Carolina 67
Miami-Florida 55 FINAL
(4) Louisville 68
(21) Minnesota 61 FINAL
(25) Rutgers 66
California 72 FINAL
(11) Stanford 71 FINAL
USC 60


question of the day

Poll: How optimistic are you about the 2015 Twins?

Weekly Question





Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters