On Saturday, August 17, 2013, the Whitefish Bay girls varsity tennis team opened their season playing 2 of the top 4 teams in the state: Arrowhead and Middleton (Homestead and Nicolet were not in the meet). Arrowhead won 7-0 but 4 of the matches were extremely competitive with the highlight being Allison Gregg and Coeli Merrill losing at Number 2 doubles 4-6, 7-6 (8-6) (10-7 third set tiebreaker). Carly Theder and Maddie Riedl played very well in a 6-2, 6-3 loss to one of the best doubles teams in the state. Lily Hayes lost to Emily Kolbow 10-8 in a third set tiebreaker, repeating the result of last year’s 3rd/4th place finish at State. Asia Butler played a greatly improved Teagan Hipp at Number 2 singles. Teagan Hipp will most likely be a seeded player in the state tournament. Asia Butler has qualified for Team State for the last 2 years. At Number 3 singles Katy Marget played a steady, smart match that was closer than the 6-2, 6-3 score. At Number 4 singles Kendall Martens played very well against an extremely steady, patient player who probably won’t lose more than 2 or 3 4th singles matches throughout the year. At Number 3 doubles, Maggie Bostwick and Abby Schultz made a good run at a victory but lost 7-5, 6-2. In the exhibition 4th doubles match Megan Coffey and Libby Stecker played very smart, steady doubles against a very good team. We left knowing why Arrowhead has a chance to win the state title.
The team then traveled to play Hartford Union High School which lost all its singles players to graduation. Asia Butler, Katy Marget, Gwennie O’Connell, and Libby Stecker all won handily. The doubles teams for Hartford Union were experienced and very well coached. They played high percentage tennis, they got to the net, and they knew what to do at the net. Our players came in with a great deal of enthusiasm and confidence, resulting in wins in all 4 doubles positions with the teams of Allison Gregg and Maddie Riedl, Maggie Bostwick and Carly Theder, Abby Schultz and Megan Coffey, and Nicole Steinmetz and Kendall Martens.
Special congratulations for a first varsity win in the 7 match format to Gwennie O’Connell, Libby Stecker, and Megan Coffey!
The team concluded the day at Hartford Union High School with a match against Middleton which earlier in the day beat Arrowhead 5-2. Lily Hayes played well against an opponent who took a year off high school tennis last year to play USTA tournaments. She lost 10-7 in a third set tiebreaker. Asia Butler, Katy Marget and Nicole Steinmetz got a look at what rounds out one of the top 2 or 3 strongest singles lineups in the state. Many lessons learned for future matches. The highlight of the day was the level of improvement from our doubles players who consistently pushed to the net with confidence. Number 1 doubles Allison Gregg and Carly Theder lost 7-5, 6-2 to one of the best doubles teams in the state. Number 2 doubles Maddie Riedl and Maggie Bostwick had a competitive 6-3, 6-1 loss. The Number 3 doubles team of Coeli Merrill and Gwennie O’Connell had a huge win at 6-4, 6-2. Number 4 doubles Abby Schultz and Megan Coffey played very well in a 9-7 loss.
The girls varsity team then had 4 great rounds of tennis on Tuesday and Wednesday at the Brookfield East meet. The team beat Kettle Moraine 6-1 to move in to the top half of the very strong 16 team draw. At Exhibition 4th and 5th doubles the team gained 2 more victories with Megan Coffey and Laura Yencheskey winning 6-1, 6-1, and Rachel Hutson and Maddie Eppli winning 6-2, 6-2. Rachel also won an Exhibition singles match 6-0.
The team then lost 5-2 to Green Bay Southwest, which is almost always 1 of the 8 teams at Team State. The highlight of the match was Carly Theder and Coeli Merrill triumphing 6-4, 4-6 (10-7) over the very good senior team of Lauren Vivian and Lauren Genske. At Number 1 doubles Allison Gregg and Maddie Riedl played very competitively against one of the best doubles teams in the state.
On Wednesday the team beat Brookfield East 7-0 and Exhibition wins were scored by Rachel Hutson, Maddie Eppli, and Laura Yencheskey. The team then played DSHA in a rematch of a Team State match in 2010, the last time Whitefish Bay competed at Team State. The team lost to DSHA 5-2 with wins coming at Number 1 and Number 2 singles. The team is looking forward to a rematch on August 27 at Elm Grove Village Park.
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