MADISON, Wis. – A pair of teams captured championships at the 2021 State Girls Team Tennis Tournament at Nielsen Tennis Center Saturday.
Top-seeded Neenah (20-0) capped an undefeated season with a 4-3 victory over Divine Savior Holy Angels (22-3) in the Division 1 championship match. The Rockets’ Liz Risgaard won the #2 singles and at all three doubles matches to account for the final score. The trio of doubles’ victories were posted by Sophia Paape and Shelby Roth at #1, who won the doubles championship last week; Meghan Stielow and Nora Paape at #2; and Maddie Daharsh and Paige Stielow and #3.
Neenah wins the title after finishing runner-up at last spring’s alternate season. The Rockets won their second State title in their 19th State appearance. Their other team title came in 2015. They defeated Hudson 6-1 in the quarterfinals Friday and Middleton 5-2 in the semifinals earlier Saturday to advance to the final.
The Dashers place runner-up in their 10th tourney appearance and for the second consecutive season. DSHA defeated Badger 6-1 in the quarterfinals and Franklin 4-3 in the semifinals to advance to the championship match.
Top-seeded Catholic Memorial (21-3) cruised to a 6-1 win over Regis (19-11) in the Division 2 title match to capture the team championship. The Crusaders won three of the four singles matches, including victories by Jessica Jacobson at #1,
Shannon Kutcher at #2, and Rachael Borg at #4. They added wins at all three doubles positions to clinch the title, including Jeslyn Singson and Courtney Sturm at #1, Reagan Rebholz and Mary McCaffery at #2, and Kailynn Sauer and Maggie Schmitzer at #3.
Catholic Memorial has participated in the championship match the past three seasons. The Crusaders won the championship in 2019 in the program’s first-ever State appearance and then finished runner-up a year ago. They defeated Xavier 6-1 to advance to the final.
The Ramblers place runner-up in their eighth State appearance. They downed Edgewood 4-3 in the semifinals to earn their participation in the championship match.
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