Four-time defending champion Homestead is making its eighth tournament appearance and its fifth in a row. The Highlanders have also recorded back-to-back runner-up finishes in 2002-03.
Nicolet is making its ninth appearance overall since the dual meet format was established and its third in the last four years. The Knights won six team tournament championships, including three straight on two different occasions, from 1994-96 and from 1998-2008. Including the pre-team tournament era, they have been crowned team champions a membership-leading 17 times.
Green Bay Southwest will be appearing in the tournament for the 18th time, the most of any member school since the dual-match format began. The Fighting Trojans won the Division 1 title in 1997 and finished runner-up in 2010.
Eau Claire Memorial is making its third straight appearance and its 14th overall. The Old Abes have finished runner-up four times (1998, 1999, 2001, 2004).
Neenah is making its 10th overall appearance and its first since 2007. The Rockets best outcome in the State Team Tournament came with a runner-up finish in 2000. They also finished runner-up on two other occasions (1983, 1986) prior to the dual-match format.
Divine Savior Holy Angels is making its fourth consecutive appearance and its sixth overall. The Dashers have won a pair of State titles. The first came in 2001 and then again in 2004. Middleton has qualified for the fifth time and for the third straight season.
Badger qualifies for State for the first time. Cricket Gelderman (21-2) is their #1 singles player while Joanie Williams and Andrea Chironis (15-2) lead their doubles teams.
The match ups for Friday Evening are as follows:
Neenah vs. Nicolet
Eau Claire Memorial vs. Divine Savior Holy Angels
Middleton vs. Homestead
Green Bay Southwest vs. Badger
Quarterfinal play begins at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, October 19 at Nielsen Tennis Stadium on the campus of UW-Madison.