Girls’ Varsity Tennis takes the cake at State following a win at Sections

Hans Janovy-Meyer, page editor

The Edina Hornets Varsity Girls’ Tennis Team has a rich history of athletic excellence spanning generations, and this season is shaping up to be no exception. Coming in hot off a victory at Sections, the team entered the state tournament and made the athlete’s hopes come true as these Hornets brought home yet another state title.

This past October, the Edina’s Girls’ Varsity Tennis Team made the trek to Lakeville to compete in the MSHSL section 6AA tournament. There, they claimed an overwhelming victory as a team. In singles, junior Nicole Copeland took first, senior Andrea Jansson took second, while in the doubles competition, the pair of senior Sam Van Ert and junior Shaylynn Reger took second, and junior Jessica Ip partnered with Sophomore Ingrid Smith to take third. “It feels really good [to have won]… Obviously, you always want the very best for your team. But this is a time when it really counts. So you bring like your best game out into the court. And if you’re not playing you’re cheering, as loud as you can,” Sami Hankison, a Varsity member and an eighth-grader from Our Lady of Grace School said.

Following the victory at sectionals, the Edina’s Girls’ Varsity Tennis Team competed at the state tournament beginning on Oct. 23. “I mean obviously our main goal is to go as far as we can winning state, but having the experience of making it to state comes with a lot of nerves as a lot of people can obviously tell,” Reger said. These Hornets did not fall short of their goals at state by any means. Yet again, Edina clinched the Minnesota Class 2A Championship, making it Edina’s 36th total championship. The State singles competition appeared very similar to sections, with Nicole Copeland taking first, beating out Andrea Jansson who took second. Unfortunately, however, the dynamic duo of Sam Van Ert and Shaylynn Reger were knocked out in the second round. “It’s awesome, it’s really fun. It brings the whole team together and it means a lot [to have won]. I mean it’s state,” senior Andrea Jansson said.