Rossing, Harmata set to play at state girls tennis tournament
Injuries threatened to derail the final season of high school tennis for Kaylee Rossing and Becky Harmata.
Rossing, a Janesvile Craig senior, was forced to overcome a detached ligament in her left thumb.
Harmata, a Janesville Parker senior, dealt with painful tendonitis in both her right shoulder and right wrist.
Yet despite the hardships, Rossing and Harmata will take the court this morning at the Nielsen Indoor Tennis Stadium as part of the WIAA Division 1 state tournament.
Rossing (10-12) plays Wilmot's Mikaela Coose (21-6). Harmata (10-11) is paired up against 13th-seeded Nicole Meyler (28-4) of Wauwatosa West.
In battling back from the thumb injury that occurred in a regional final softball game, Rossing had to overcome surgery and 12 weeks of rehabilitation to get back on the court.
“It has been a journey, no doubt about it,” Rossing said. “There were times where I got so frustrated that I wanted to just walk off the court because I couldn't do the things on the court that I was used to doing, especially my backhand.
“It came down to whether I wanted it (my tennis career) to end like this, or did I want to do something about it, push forward and dedicate myself to getting better? I chose to keep working hard and my reward is the chance to play at state.”
Harmata is making her third trip to state. She was a member of Parker's state-qualifying team in 2011 and advanced to the individual state tournament a year ago.
Although Harmata will play a seeded player in the first round, she said she won't let intimidation or nerves play a part in her match.
“First off, I'm a special qualifier, so I haven't nothing to lose,” Harmata said. “I just plan on going up there and leaving it all on the court.
“If I can play the best I've ever played, hopefully things will go my way.”
Erdman, Furseth state-bound
Maddie Erdman and Zyann Furseth have been doubles partners for four years.
The Milton High seniors have experienced the usual highs and lows throughout their careers, but will cap off their final season together in a fitting sendoff. Erdmann and Furseth will play this afternoon at the WIAA Division 1 state tournament.
The Red Hawks duo, who come into state with a 13-12 record, play Megan Johnson and Swastie Bhagwandin (9-3) of Madison Memorial.
Erdman said making it to state is the ultimate end to a high school career.
“That was our main goal coming into the season,” Erdman said. “We knew we were good enough and had been playing together long enough for state to be a possibility.”
Furseth and Erdman both bring strengths to the court. Erdman is a classic ground-stroke player, while Furseth likes to attack at the net.
“We don't really have to say a whole lot on the court because we always seem to know where the other one is going to be,” Furseth said. “I don't think it will be any different at state. We're not going to change anything now.”
WIAA state tournament
Kaylee Rossing, sr., Janesville Craig (10-12) vs. Mikaela Coose, sr., Wilmot (21-6).
Becky Harmata, sr., Janesville Parker (10-11) vs. Nicole Meyler, jr., Wauwatosa West (28-4).
Zyann Furseth-Maddie Erdman, Milton (13-12) vs. Megan Johnson-Swastie Bhagwandin, Madison Memorial (9-3).
Joanie Williams-Andrea Chironis, Lake Geneva Badger (24-0) vs. Mallory Wanserski-Caroline Krolicki, Wausau East (17-2).
Annie McGrail, jr., Walworth Big Foot/Williams Bay (20-3) vs. Michelle Sikes, jr., Brookfield Academy (17-4).
Paige Ganser, sr., Jefferson (23-6) vs. Maddie Molitor, fr., Madison Edgewood (19-4).
Erika Levine-Kacie Snyder, Whitewater (5-4) vs. Marissa Taugher-Kelly Quartaro, Catholic Memorial (12-4).
Paige Kloth-Abi Goode, East Troy (22-2) vs. Ellie Grossen-Chandra McGuire, Monroe (21-3).
Natalie Boldger-Morgan Grunow, Big Foot/Williams Bay (9-11) vs. Becca Bixler-Jaide Tarwid, Racine St. Catherine (28-3).