Legacy tennis coach Scott McPherson finds himself with a good problem to have.
His players won't go home.
"The last two weeks the players have been staying after practice and continue to hit balls," McPherson said. "I can't get them to leave practice even when I'm done."
It is much more enjoyable to do something when you're good at it and these Sabers are.
Legacy and Minot finished as regular season co-champs of the West Region. By tie-breaker, the Magicians are the top seed for this weekend's conference tournament in Bismarck. The dual tournament starts (10 a.m.) and finishes Saturday. The individual portion begins on Friday and ends Saturday. Matches will be played at three locations in Bismarck -- Sertoma, Tom O'Leary and Captial Racquet & Fitness Center
Look for Legacy players to be on the court late all three days.
"I really like the way we've been playing toward the end of the season," McPherson said. "We always felt like we have the kind of team that could reach that goal of being a region champion. But more importantly we want to be playing our best at the right time."
The Sabers have a lot going for them, most notably their 1-2 tandem at the top. Junior Michael Janes is undefeated (6-0) in West Region play at No. 1 singles, while senior Bradley Moylan owns the same mark at No. 2.
"They're both smart players that play error-free tennis ... and they can also hit the ball with some pace consistently," McPherson said of Janes and Moylan. "They make their opponents earn every point against them. That makes them pretty tough."
"I don't care who it is, to beat either of them, you're going to have to play error-free tennis and that's not easy to do."
The Sabers are more than a two-man show, though.
Sophomore Sean Joyce (6-0) is unblemished at No. 4.
Joe Wegner owns a solid 4-2 mark at No. 3, while Robert Modin and Paxton Miller have just one region loss match each at the bottom of the lineup.
"Those kids come to play. We like to keep things loose and have fune, but they're pretty serious and focused on what they want to accomplish," McPherson said.
Minot owns two wins over the Sabers, although both were razor-thin margins. Both teams have been dominant otherwise. The Magicians have dropped just 14 out of 54 sets on the season, while the Sabers have won 46 out of a possible 54 sets in region matches. They have an unbeaten trio of their own in Charles Wentz (6-0), Zachary Diehl (6-0) and Rory Taney (6-0) at Nos. 3, 5 and 6, respectively.
However, Minot lost recently to third-seeded Century, which could provide a road map to victory.
"Minot's strength is their depth. They've proven they have a good team," McPherson said. "Century beating them might have helped me a little bit. Putting together the right doubles combos might give us an edge.
"It will be interesting to see how it plays out."