The Alexandria boys tennis team had some talented seniors in 2019 as the Cardinals advanced to their first state tournament.

Head coach Dave Ronning was optimistic about their chances of being very competitive again this spring, but their route through the section tournament would have looked different with Nathaniel Mulder being the lone senior with varsity experience back in 2020.

Mulder participated in tennis for four seasons, and Ronning said he was projected to be a fixture in the varsity lineup as a senior this year.

He never got the chance to help lead this group after the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the spring sports season. This story is an opportunity for Mulder to share his thoughts centered around four questions: Why do you compete in tennis? What do you miss most about it this spring? What is a favorite memory from competing? What are your future plans after high school?

(Editor’s note: Look for more stories like this highlighting seniors from area teams both online and within print issues of the Echo Press in the coming weeks.)

Nathaniel Mulder

Why he plays: I play tennis because it is a lot of fun and a great way to stay active in the spring. Being an individual sport, tennis brings out my competitive nature and gives me another way to find success.

What he misses most: I miss hanging out with buddies every day and being a part of a team. My hockey season ended early from an injury, and I was really looking forward to playing on a team one last time.

Favorite memory: My favorite memory was filling in for a varsity player that was gone, and going into a tough match that went into a tiebreaker set. Me and Joe Westlund took on the challenge and won the match, which gave our team a win over Sartell.

Future plans: After high school, I'm going to St. Thomas to pursue a career in finance. I plan on continuing to play tennis with friends, and will most likely play club hockey at St. Thomas.