Parker's Sodemann leads tennis team past Craig
JANESVILLE--Janesville Parker’s girls tennis team earned bragging rights Thursday.
The Vikings, behind freshman Becky Sodemann’s victory at No. 4 singles, held on to beat crosstown rival Janesville Craig, 4-3, in a Big Eight Conference dual meet at Palmer Park.
With the score tied at 3-3, Sodemann won in two sets to secure Parker’s victory.
“This was a little closer than I probably thought it was going to be,” Parker coach Justin Long said of the win. “You hate to have it come down to a freshman having to decide things—especially when it’s Parker vs. Craig—but Becky got the job done.
“And I give Craig credit. We played well in the first set of most of the matches, but they kept battling and did what they had to do to get back into it.”
Parker, which finished 4-5 in Big Eight dual meets, also got a win from Meghann Hoag at No. 2 singles. The junior improved to 16-2 on the season with a straight-set win.
“I play to win, and after getting my first two losses this week, I was kind of down,” Hoag said. “That’s why it was important to come out today and get the win, especially against Craig.”
The Vikings also got wins at No. 1 and No. 3 doubles. The No. 1 team of Elizabeth Severance and Rosalie Sellman won in two sets, while the No. 3 team of Anastasia Schoon and Karly Stowers won a tough three-set match.
Craig, which finished 2-7 in the Big Eight, got a straight-set win from the No. 2 doubles team of Sierra Reese and Carly McGrath.
The Cougars got wins in singles from Kaylee Rossing at No. 1 and Kristin Whitcomb at No. 3. Both were three-set matches. Rossing, who is coming off a thumb injury, defeated Becky Harmata in the meet’s best match.
Despite the loss, Craig coach Bill Peyer was pleased with his team’s effort.
“It was a good match,” Peyer said. “We just came up short on a couple of points and that was the difference.
“Kaylee’s win at one singles was big because Becky had beaten her last year to go to state.”
Craig wraps up the regular season by hosting Milton on Tuesday. Both Parker and Craig will compete in the Big Eight Tournament next Thursday.
PARKER 4, CRAIG 3
Singles: Kaylee Rossing (JC) def. Becky Harmata, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4; Meghann Hoag (JP) def. Clara Langbecker, 6-1, 6-1; Kristin Whitcomb (JC) def. Constance Beyer, 6-4, 2-6, 6-3; Becky Sodemann (JP) def. Amanda Wilkie, 6-3, 7-6.
Doubles: Elizabeth Severance-Rosalie Sellman (JP) def. Abby Hughes-Sara Runde, 7-5, 6-3; Sierra Reese-Carly McGrath (JC) def. Heather Bailey-Joey Turner, 6-2, 6-4; Anastasia Schoon-Karly Showers (JP) def. Taylor Olsen-Courtney Peck, 6-3, 2-6, 6-2.