Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

A Different Kauppila Helps Marquette Roll to Holt Tournament Title

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

A Different Kauppila Helps Marquette Roll to Holt Tournament Title

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WENTZVILLE * The Marquette boys tennis team lost its No. 1 player from last season's final four group.

But the Mustangs could be as good if not better than last year although the road to state will be more challenging because of district realignment.

Lindbergh is now in the same sectional as Marquette. Those teams finished third and fourth in Class 2 last season as the Flyers defeated Marquette 5-3 in the third-place match at state after winning 5-4 during the regular season.

Jacob Kauppila was the top singles player for Marquette last year. He is now playing at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine.

Taking his place at the top of the lineup is his younger brother, Simon.

Simon Kauppila, a sophomore, made the jump from No. 4 to No. 1 and has looked good in that new role so far.

Simon Kauppila won all six of his singles matches in the Holt Tournament on Saturday to help the Mustangs defend their tournament title with a 5-0 triumph over Ladue in the championship match at Holt.

"I'm a little surprised that I'm playing No. 1," Kauppila said. "I play soccer and basketball, so I didn't play a whole lot of tennis in the offseason."

Moving Kauppila to No. 1 solidifies Marquette as it gets to keep senior Trenton Wherry and junior Jack Shi in their No. 2 and 3 singles spots.

"I really feel that we have two No. 1-caliber players in Simon and Trenton," Marquette coach Alex Nelle said. "They have both improved so much."

Kauppila and Wherry are both undefeated in singles. …

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