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1986-1987 Season
1986-1987 Varsity Team Photo: Front Row: Katherine Budolfson, Susannah Vogel, Jenny Soderholm, Sarah Fish, Alison Vogel, Ann Bening, Shawna Pearson. Middle Row: Coach Beske, Sarah Page, Janet Christianson, Christina Stavrou, LeAnn Budolfson, Alison, Smith. Back Row: Aliza Geretz, Rebecca Cardoza, Anissa Rogness, Kris Henry, Amy Moore, Ashley Dahl, Ashley Hamilton, Coach Eric Thoreson.

The Tigers hoped to improve on their second-place finish from a year ago.  With a new record, 38 players on the squad, and veteran leadership, the goal was the conference championship.

South opened the season with revenge on their mind.  The first two matches were against the teams that hand the Tigers their only losses of the conference season last year.  North was first.  The Tigers took it to the Polars, winning 5-2.  Next came Southwest.  The match hinged on the last contest.  Southwest beat the Tigers by a slim 4-3 score.  To add insult to injury, the Tiger players were victims of bee stings and bloody noses during the Southwest match.  Who ever said tennis was not a contact sport forgot to tell it to the bees!!!!

The Tigers bounced back against Edison winning 7-0.  Next came Roosevelt, who had not won a match.  This was a sure win for the Tigers.  But, it was not to be.  The Teddies won their first match of the season, 7-0!

South finished the conference season with 6-1 wins over Washburn and Henry.

South played ten non-conference matches.  The Tigers racked up win against Brooklyn Center, 5-2, Fridley, 5-2, Totino Grace, 4-3, and Benilde-St. Margaret’s, 6-1.  Unfortunately, the Tigers lost six of the ten matches, to tougher opponents.  The losses were to Robbinsdale Cooper, 5-2, Benilde-St. Margaret’s 5-2, Rochester John Marshall, 7-0, Simley, 6-1, Park Center, 7-0, and Osseo, 7-0.

In the Conference Tournament, the doubles final featured the Tigers.  Not one Tiger team, but TWO!   Sisters Suzannah and Alison Vogel claimed the title over teammates Ann Bening and Ashley Dahl!  A great accomplishment for the Tigers.  All four players were named to the All-Conference team.

With a 4-2 conference record, the Tigers finished in second place, tied with Washburn.  Coach George Beske was assisted this year by Eric Thoreson.