Miners hold informal alumni tennis tourney

NEGAUNEE — It was a unique experience for the Miners on Monday as the varsity tennis team faced off against some of the best tennis players from past teams.

“Tried to bring a few guys back that had graduated from our past and had experienced some success. Just kind of an informal alumni tournament for us and it gives our varsity team an opportunity to prepare for Wednesday. It’s just kind of fun bridging the gap from players from ten years ago all the way up to now,” head coach Kyle Saari said.

The Miners are coming off a big win at the Mid–Pen Conference tournament and are looking to avenge their loss in last year’s U.P. Finals, where Kingsford defeated them in the finals. And so far, they like their chances.

“I think so far we’ve done a nice job of improving every day. Some years that will put you in position to compete for a title and kind of be the favorite for a title. We’ve done a nice job closing the gap from our tournament a couple Saturdays ago and we hope to compete and basically see where the chips fall come Wednesday,” said Saari.

The U.P. Finals will be held at the Negaunee tennis courts this Wednesday starting at 10 a.m.