WIAA State Girls Individual Tennis Tournament Preview

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Monday, October 9, 2017

WIAA State Girls Individual Tennis Tournament Preview

THE MEET:  The 47th Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Girls Individual Tennis Tournament will be held Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 12-14. The meet takes place at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium on the University of Wisconsin campus in Madison, Wis. Action will begin Thursday at 10:30 a.m., Friday at 9 a.m. and Saturday at 8:30 a.m. Tickets are $6 for adults and students.


Thursday, Oct. 12
10:30 a.m. First Round Matches

Friday, Oct. 13
9 a.m. Action Through Quarterfinals

Saturday, Oct. 14
8:30 a.m. Consolation Semifinals
9 a.m. Championship Single Semifinals
9:30 a.m. Championship Doubles Semifinals
10 a.m. Fifth-place Matches
11 a.m. Third-place Matches
11:30 a.m. Championship Matches

LAST YEAR:  Emily Luetschwager of Stevens Point won the Division 1 singles championship for the second straight season by defeating #2 seed Isabelle Lee of Bay Port 6-1, 6-0 in the title match. The doubles tandem of Christina Price and Kiki Risgaard of Neenah claimed the Division 1 doubles championship as the #2 seed with a 6-3, 6-0 decision over fourth-seeded Elise Gerard and Annabelle Crowley of Nicolet. Top-seeded Claire Czerwonka of Kenosha St. Joseph won her third consecutive title in Division 2 by downing second-seeded Riley Strauss of University School 6-1, 6-1 in the title match. In Division 2 doubles play, the top-seeded tandem of Abby Fox and Maddie Molitor of Edgewood beat second-seeded Megan Setter and Kaitlyn Kalinka of Kenosha St. Joseph  6-2, 6-1 in the final.

DIVISION 1 SINGLES NOTES:  Sophomore Andie Weise of Homestead earned the top seed in the bracket with a 32-0 record this season. She finished fourth at State last season as a freshman. Junior Sabrina Tang of Stevens Point is seeded second, coming out of the shadow of former teammate and two-time champion Emily Luetschwager this season with a 28-0 record. She advanced to the third round last season before being ousted from title contention. She also qualified her freshman season and won her first-round match. That year, she fell in her second-round match to this year’s #3 seed, senior Kiki Risgaard of Neenah, who is a three-time State singles qualifier and the 2016 champion in doubles play. In 2015, she finished third in singles, and she won her first-round match in 2014. This season, she enters the tournament with a 23-2 mark. Freshman Autumn Bruno of Whitnall has yet to lose in her first campaign with a 22-0 record. She has been issued the #4 seed. The fifth seed is junior Logan White of Divine Savior Holy Angels with a 21-3 record. She placed fifth last year as the #4 seed and won two matches as a freshman in 2015. Senior Kimmy Steinert of Oshkosh West is seeded sixth. She enters play with a 28-6 record this season. Steinert won her first-round match last season, but then ran into the eventual champion in the second round. She also qualified in 2015 and fell in her first-round match. Sophomore Jordan Schifano gives DSHA two seeded qualifiers. She is ranked seventh with an unblemished mark of 28-0 this season. Schifano qualified last year and won her first match before dropping her second-round match to White. Senior Sasha Semina of Brookfield Central is the eighth seed with a 15-6 record. The four-time qualifier has advanced to the third round before being defeated in each of the past three seasons. Junior Sierra Auleta of Eau Claire Memorial is seeded ninth with a 24-6 record. She won her first match last season, but fell to Semina in the second round. Auleta also qualified as a freshman, but failed to advance out of the first round. Junior Emily Horneffer of Brookfield East qualifies for the third time with a 19-9 mark this year. She advanced to the second round in each of her previous experiences at State. 

DIVISION 1 DOUBLES NOTES:   The undefeated senior tandem of Hannah and Amanda Dorsey are the top seed with a 25-0 record this season. Amanda qualified with a different partner last season and advanced to the second round, and Hannah qualified with a different partner and lost in the first round in 2015. Seniors Frankie La Londe and Alyssa Boyer of Homestead comprise the second-seeded duo with a 30-2 record. La Londe placed third in the State with a different teammate last season and had qualified and advanced to the third round in singles play in 2014 and 2015.  Boyer qualifies in doubles play for the first time after qualifying in singles play in 2014 and 2015. Juniors Annabelle Crowley and Emma Koppa of Nicolet are seeded third with a 15-4 record. Crowley finished runner-up the last two years with a different partner, and Koppa switches partners after advancing to the quarterfinals last year and to the second round in 2015. The fourth-seeded tandem is senior Amanda Skonieczny and sophomore Hayley Haws of Cedarburg. They possess a 28-3 record heading into the tournament. The duo advanced to the third round a year ago, and Skonieczny placed sixth in 2014 and made it to the quarterfinals in 2015 with a different partner. Senior Amanda Newman and sophomore Hailey Munz of Monona Grove are undefeated at 28-0 this season and are seeded fifth. They advanced to the quarterfinals last season. Newman also has State Tournament experience in singles play, having qualified in 2014 and 2015. Senior Laura Nicholas and freshman Amy Bremel of Madison West are the #6 seed with a 28-2 record this season. Nicholas has qualified with a different partner the past two seasons, advancing to the third round last year. Junior Jenna Tackmier and sophomore Ashley Buzaitis of Green Bay Southwest are seeded seventh with a 10-1 mark. Buzaitis qualified for singles play last season and advanced to the third round of the tournament. Senior Samantha Ramsey and junior Gabby Majinski of New Berlin Eisenhower are the #8 seed. They have compiled an 18-4 record this season. Both qualified and won opening-round matches with different partners last year. Seniors Erica Casper and Maggie Schiessl of Oshkosh West are the #9 seed with a 28-6 record. Casper has advanced to the third round the past two seasons, including 2015 when paired with Scheissl. Schiessl has qualified in doubles all four years. She won a first-round match in 2014 and qualified last season with different partners. Seniors Bryce and Madalyn Bigelow of Kenosha Tremper are seeded 10th with a 10-7 tally this season. The tandem qualified last season to win an opening-round match. Sophomore Sasha Shapsis of Homestead, who finished third a year ago, qualifies this season with sophomore Bridget Brown to form the #14 seed with a 31-2 record. 

DIVISION 2 SINGLES NOTES:  Claire Czerwonka of Kenosha St. Joseph won the last three titles. Her sister, Olivia, a junior, attempts to keep the title in the family. She is the top seed with a record of 28-1. She finished fifth last season and sixth in 2015. Junior Veda Sane of University School is the #2 seed with a 24-3 record. Sane finished third two years ago. Senior Laura Larrain of Newman Catholic is a four-time qualifier. She claims the third seed for the second straight season with an undefeated 21-0 mark this year. She finished fourth last year after placing fifth in 2015 and advancing to the second round in 2014.  Junior Giana Apostoli of Kenosha St. Joseph was granted the fourth seed with a 29-0 record. It’s the second straight year she has qualified with an undefeated record entering play. She won her first-round match last year before falling to teammate Olivia Czerwonka. Senior Riley Strauss of University School is seeded fifth with a 23-5 record. She made the transition from doubles to singles last season. She finished second in singles play in 2016 after forming half the duo that won the State doubles title in 2015. Freshman Mia Larrain of Newman Catholic, sister of Laura, is seeded sixth. She is 21-1 in her first season. Freshman Baluck Deang of Edgewood qualifies for State in her first season and is the #7 seed with a 26-4 mark, and Junior Marie Major of Brookfield Academy was issued the #8 seed with a 16-9 record. She qualified the last two seasons, winning her opening-round match last year. 

DIVISION 2 DOUBLES NOTES:  The tandem of senior Kaitlyn Kalinka and junior Megan Setter of Kenosha St. Joseph was awarded the top seed after finishing runner-up last year and posting a 29-0 record this season. Seniors Meredith Heckert and Izzy Klesmith of Big Foot/Williams Bay are seeded second with a record of 21-2. Heckert was the doubles champion as a freshmen with a different partner in 2014, and Klesmith qualified and won an opening-round match with a different partner in 2015. Juniors Mackenzie Lindow and Erin Rice of East Troy are seeded #3. They finished fourth a year ago and have compiled a 27-4 record this year. Seniors Emily Kaszubowski and Mady Amidon of Altoona are seeded fourth with a 17-3 tally. They both gained State experience last year qualifying for the singles tournament. Both fell in their opening-round matches. The #5 seed is the senior duo of Kate Seyer and Taylor Johnson of Regis. They have compiled a 19-7 record this season after advancing to the second round in each of the past two seasons. Senior Grace Drake and junior Kinsey Kessel of Edgewood are seeded sixth. They have a 17-9 record entering play this week. Drake qualified last season with a different partner and won a match to advance to the second round before being eliminated from title contention. Senior Kelsey Taugher and junior Margaret Diedrich of Catholic Memorial advanced to the third round a year ago and are seeded seventh with a 15-10 record. Kohler’s duo of junior Elly Udovich and freshman Ava Hoffmann are seeded eighth with a 16-4 mark. 

NEED THE BRACKETS?:  Brackets and qualifiers are available on the WIAA website at www.wiaawi.org. Navigate to the girls tennis homepage for the State Tournament information.

NEED RESULTS?:  Results of the State Tournament are available on the WIAA website at www.wiaawi.org by accessing the girls tennis home page. 

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