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2008-2009 Season
2008-2009 Varsity Team Photo: Players’ names were not listed in the 2009 South Yearbook.

The Tigers opened the 2008-09 season the way they have every season since women’s tennis became a high school league sport, with practice beginning in the middle of August in the hot sun.  Non-conference games started about two weeks later.

The first matches, all non-conference, tested the will and desire of the players.  The first match was against Irondale.  A 4-3 win by the Tigers boosted morale.  The next few matches tested the resolve of the team.  Hopkins pushed the Tigers and the Royals won 6-1.  Another loss followed to Robbinsdale Cooper, 5-2, as did a loss to Wayzata 6-1.  The losses seemed to begin to pile up.  St. Louis Park beat the Tigers 4-3.  Anoka also won, 5-2.  Roseville was victorious 6-1.  Spring Lake Park beat the Tigers 4-3.                                                        

After a 1-7 start, South’s attention was turned to conference matches.  South beat their first five conference opponents 7-0.  Edison was the first to fall, followed by Henry, North, Roosevelt and then Washburn. Between the Roosevelt and Washburn games, the Tigers fell to non-conference opponent Robbinsdale Armstrong 5-2.

As has become tradition, South and Southwest battled in the final conference match for the conference title.  Both were undefeated.  Southwest took home the gold, winning 5-2.  South would have to settle for second place.

In the Region Tournament, South defeated North 6-1, then lost to Armstrong and Cooper 5-2 in each match, ending the Tigers’ season.

Reid Olsen coached the Tigers, with Max Maliga serving as his assistant.  South finished with a 7-11 overall record, 5-1 in conference.  Seven players were named to the All-Conference squad:  Mary Gibbons, Ellen Kranz, Rasheeda Lacy, Aubrey Miller, Rae Millikanm, Annie Pudvah, and Lacy Sprinker.