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Tranvik to direct WDC tennis team

Peter Tranvik's wife was kidding him Monday night after he returned from his first full practice. It seems that some of those tennis muscles needed toning.

The Bertha man takes over the reins of a very young Wadena-Deer Creek tennis team this spring after a 14-year absence from the coaching ranks. Tranvik, a minister at the Clarissa Bible Church, is a former Duluth Denfeld tennis coach who led the Hunters for 11 seasons.

With Tyler Garcia the only senior in their ranks, the Wolverines are in the middle of a rebuilding project. Garcia saw action at No. 1 doubles and No. 2 singles last year.

Cory Pettrow is the club's most experienced junior having played at No. 3 singles last year. The Wolverines will have to find spots for juniors Kevin Jensen and Aaron Karlson.

Sophomore Zac Norenberg is back after giving the Wolverines some No. 4 singles work last year. The Wolverines also have a lot of experience back from sophomore Austin Korkowski, who played No. 1 doubles and some No. 4 singles last year. Sophomore Eliah Anderson will be gunning for a starting berth.

The Wolverines have four freshmen going after playing time. Mike Paavola played No. 1 doubles with Korkowski. Drew Larson split time between No. 1 doubles and No. 4 singles. Joe Pate and Matt Green give WDC some experienced doubles players. Josh Lund is also going after a doubles spot. Tranvik will also have to find playing time for freshman Henry Arrigoni.

Tranvik has been limbering up himself as he prepares his club for an April 13 home opener with Detroit Lakes.

Tranvik is pushing his players on their ground strokes at this point of the season.

"They have to get their heads around a consistent contact point," Tranvik said. "So many times with kids at the high school level it is unforced errors that take them out of the match."