Big Foot/Williams Bay falls at state team tennis semifinal
Unfortunately for the Chiefs, University School of Milwaukee played a little better.
The four-time defending champion Wildcats won all three doubles matches en route to a 4-3 win.
University School lost to Green Bay Notre Dame in the championship match.
Despite victories from Caroline Starck, Julie Kolnik and Ellen Blum in singles competition, Big Foot/Williams Bay came up short in its fourth straight trip to the state team tournament.
“We threw everything at them that we possibly could,” Big Foot/Williams Bay coach Jim Karedes said of University School. “I got to thinking afterward what I or the girls could’ve done differently, and I don’t think there was anything.
“We knew how good they were in doubles coming in, and I still felt like all three of our doubles teams played pretty well.”
With four straight trips to state and a three-time Division 2 individual state champion in Starck, Karedes was quick to point out the impact that the seven seniors had the program.
“I just told the seniors afterward to focus on what they had just accomplished and try to forget about the loss,” Karedes said. “They put themselves in a position to play at state all four years they were with the program, and that says a lot.
“That group of girls is going to be impossible to replace.”
UNIVERSITY SCHOOL 4, BIG FOOT/WILLIAMS BAY 3
Singles—Caroline Starck (BF/WB) def. Saira Khanna, 6-0, 6-0; Julie Kolnik (BF/WB) def. Sarah Wiener, 6-3, 4-6, 7-6; Ellen Blum (BF/WB) def. Elena Noyes, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3; Rebecca Buchanan (US) def. Jen Yih, 7-5, 6-2.
Doubles—Lucy Bartlett-Annie Lesko (US) def. Maggie Lauterbach-Taylor Lauzon, 6-0, 6-2; Anne Scheid-Hannah Lubar (US) def. Courtney Castelein-Kelly Speare (BF/WB), 6-2, 6-0; Ellie Wigdale-Shannon Cary (US) def. Heather Grasso-Tara Grasso, 6-3, 6-2.