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Janesville’s Smith-Storbakken, Ehlers-Reshower lead Craig to second-place finish

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Gazette Staff
October 8, 2009

Janesville Craig High School will double its pleasure in the girls WIAA individual state tennis tournament next week at the Nielsen Stadium in Madison.


Advancing to state for the Cougars are Hailey Smith and Taylor Storbakken in the First Flight doubles, along with Olivia Ehlers and Emily Reshower, who won the Second Flight championship Wednesday in the Lake Geneva Badger Sectional.


Smith-Storbakken improved to 22-3 after winning their first two matches before falling in the title match. Ehlers-Reshower moved to 15-9 after winning their two matches.


Craig juniors Ciarra Sroda and Minaliza Shahlapour won the Third Flight doubles title, and junior Maggie Bolton finished third in Third Flight singles to lift Craig to second place in the sectional.


Fort Atkinson won the sectional title with a 39-33 edge over Craig to qualify for the state team tournament.


However, Fort Atkinson senior Leah Dahl, the defending sectional champion, lost to Burlington’s Stephanie Londre, 7-6 (1), 6-0, in the title match.


Dahl returns to the individual state tournament, though, as Flight 1 sectional runner-up. Olivia Hartwick of the Blackhawls also advanced as the Flight 2 singles champion. Teammates Lexie Weigand and Ellen Ringle won Flight 3 and 4 singles titles.


And along with the Blackhawks, Craig celebrated a strong team effort.


“Everyone got into the mix. We scored points in six of the seven matches,” Craig coach Camilla Owen said. “It really was a team effort, and a lot of fun.’’


Janesville Parker did not have a state qualifier.


Only the top four in Flight 1 singles and doubles and the Flight 2 champions advance to the individual state tournament, which is Oct. 15-17.


WIAA girls tennis

Division 1


TEAM SCORES


(Champion advance to state)


Fort Atkinson 39, Janesville Craig 33, Monroe 30, Madison La Follette 28, Madison East 23, Janesville Parker 16, Burlington 10, Monona Grove 10, Elkhorn 10, Milton 6, Sun Prairie 4, Lake Geneva Badger, Delavan-Darien 13, Stoughton 13, Waterford 0, Watertown 0, Beloit Memorial 0.


STATE QUALIFIERS


Fort Atkinson, 2 singles; Janesville Craig, 2 doubles; Madison East, 1 singles, 1 doubles; Madison La Follette, 1 singles, 1 doubles; Burlinger, 1 singles; Monroe, 1 doubles.


SINGLES


Flight 1


(Top 4 advance to state)


Quarterfinals—Stephanie Londre (Bur) def. Amanda (Sto), 6-0, 6-0; Jessie Rodgers (ME) def. Bryanne Blanton (Elk), 6-4, 7-5; Hannah Martin (ML) def. Kristin McAdle (Mon), 7-6 (2), 6-2; Leah Dahl (FA) def. Emily Sodeman (JP), 6-3, 6-0.


Semifinals—Londre (Bur) def. Rodgers (ME), 6-1, 6-3; Dahl (FA) def. Martin (ML), 6-1, 6-1.


Finals—Title: Londre (Bur) def. Dahl (FA), 7-6 (1), 6-0. Third: Rodgers (ME) def. Martin (ML), 6-2. 6-0.


Flight 2


(Champion advances to state)


Semifinals—Lauren Brooks (JP) def. Heidi Thiel (ME), 6-3, 6-3; Olivia Hartwick (FA) def. Eliie Shuda (Mon), 6-3, 6-0.


Finals—Title: Hartwick (FA) ddf. Brooks (JP), 6-4, 6-2. Third: Shuda (Mon) def. Thiel (ME), 6-1, 4-6, 6-1.


Flight 3


Semifinals—Avery Young (ME) def. Maggie Bolton (JC), 5-7, 6-2, 6-1; Lexie Weigand (FA) def. Maggie Farley (Elk), 6-2, 6-1.


Finals—Title: Weigand (FA) def. Young (ME), 6-0, 6-1. Third: Bolton (JC) def. Farley (Elk), 6-1, 6-4.


Flight 4


Semifinals—Clare Gloede (ML) def. Lily Priewe (Mon), 6-3, 6-1; Ellen Ringle (FA) def. Sarah Gray (JC), 1-6, 6-4, 6-2.


Finals—Title: Ringle (FA) def. Gloede (ML), 6-4, 6-0. Third: Priewe (Mon) def. Gray (JC), 4-6, 6-4, 6-1.


DOUBLES


Flight 1


(Top 4 advance to state)


Quarterfinals—Hailey Smith-Taylor Storbakken (JC) def. Courtney Jacobson-Kerry Hartwick (FA), 6-2, 6-1; Nellie Mitchell-Anna Spiekerman (ME) def. Courtney Flood-Sarah Rendon (DD), 7-5, 6-2; Ashley Hermanson-Kelsey Erickson (Mon) def. Paige Elding-Natasha Zuelke (SP), 6-0, 6-3; Rebecca Mixtacki-Renee Nelson (ML) def. Kim Hanson-Kyla Price (Elk), 7-5, 6-0.


Semifinals—Smith-Storbakken (JC) def. Mitchell- Spiekerman (ME), 6-2, 7-5; Mixtacki-Nelson (ML) def. Hermanson-Erickson (Mon), 7-5, 6-4.


Finals—Title: Mixtacki-Nelson (ML) def. Smith-Storbakken (JC), 6-3, 7-5. Third: Hermanson-Erickson (Mon) def. Mitchell-Spiekerman (ME), 6-3, 6-4.


Flight 2


(Champion advances to state)


Semifinals—Olivia Ehlers-Emily Reshower (JC) def. Monica Ripp-Anna Burant (ML), 4-6, 6-2, 6-4; Nicole Hildebrandt-Alyssa Strangstalien (MG) def. Gwen Sutter-Emily Grosssen (Mon), 6-4, 6-2.


Finals—Title: Ehlers-Reshower (JC) def. Hildebrandt-Strangstalien (MG), 6-3, 6-2. Third: Sutter-Grossen (Mon) def. Ripp-Burant (ML), 6-0, 6-4.


Flight 3


Semifinals—Ciarra Sroda-Minaliza Shahlapour (JC) def. Cassie Rains-Allyson Nysted (FA), 6-0, 6-4; Taylor Weis-McKenzie Bruce (Mon) def. Laurel Szalkowski-Emilee Verhage (ML), 6-3, 6-2.


Finals—Title: Sroda-Shahlapour (JC) def. Weis-Bruce (Mon), 6-3, 6-2. Third: Rains-Nysted (FA) def. Szalkowski-Verhage (ML), 6-3, 6-2.


Division 2


WHITEWATER SECTIONAL


TEAM SCORES


(Champion advances to state)


Madison Edgewood 52, McFarland 30, Ripon 20, Lodi 15, Walworth Big Foot/Williams Bay 13, Columbus 12, Lake Mills 12, Mauston 8, Viroqua 9, Waupun 9, East Troy 8, Watertown Luther Prep 6, Edgerton 5, Whitewater 4, Wayland Academy 4, Jefferson 4, Sparta 2, Wisconsin Dells 2.


STATE QUALIFIERS


Madison Edgewood, 1 singles, 2 doubles; McFarland, 2 singles; Walworth Big Foot/Williams Bay, 1 singles, 1 doubles; Edgerton, 1 singles; East Troy, 1doubles; Watertown Luther Prep, 1 doubles.


SINGLES


Flight 1


(Top 4 advance to state)


Quarterfinals—Marie Stettler (Edg) def. Sami Melcher (Vir), 6-1. 6-2; Julie Kolnik (WBF/WB) def. Bri Huebner (Maus), 6-0, 6-0; Hannah Polipnick (McF) def. Kala Lindley (Spar), 6-3, 6-2; Sydney Kirsch (Mad Ed) def. Andrea Lyke (Rip), 6-0, 6-0.


Semfinals—Kolnik (WBF/WB) def. Stettler (Edg), 6-3, 6-1; Kirsch (Mad Ed) def. Polipnick (McF), 3-6, 7-6, 6-3.


Finals—Title: Kolnik (WBF/WB) def. Kirsch (Mad Ed), 6-3, 6-7 (5-7), 6-0. Third: Stettler (Edg) def. Polipnick (McF), 7-5, 5-7, 6-3.


Flight 2


(Champion advances to state)


Semifinals—Sara Murphy (Mad Ed) def. Maggie Brumley (Rip), 2-6, 6-0, 6-4; Jenny Ujke (McF) def. Chelsea Berra (Vir), 6-0, 6-0.


Finals—Title: Ujke (McF) def. Murphy (Mad Ed), 6-1, 6-2. Third: Berra (Vir) def. Brumley (Rip), 6-4, 6-1.


Flight 3


Semifinals—Jenna Heilman (LM) def. Kristi Fischer (Rip), 3-6, 6-0l 6-1; Lauren Keller (Mad Ed) def. Alex Breitzman (Col), 6-2, 6-2.


Finals—Title: Keller (Mad Ed) def. Heilman (LM), 6-2, 6-2. Third: Fischer (Rip) def. Breitzman (Col), 6-3, 6-2.


Flight 4


Semifinals—Marieke Van Rybroek (Mad Ed) def. Olivia Gallagher (Lod), 6-3, 6-3; Abby Polipnick (McF), def. Nicole Thorson (Rip), 6-1, 6-1.


Finals—Title: Van Rybroek (Mad Ed) def. Polipnick (McF), 7-5, 6-2. Third: Thorson (Rip) def. Gallagher (Lod), 6-3, 6-2.


DOUBLES


Flight 1


(Top 4 advance to state)


Quarterfinals—Heather Grosso-Maggie Lauterbach (WBF/WB) def. Brianna Kleinfledt-Jessica Timmens (Lod), 6-2, 7-5; Allie Leyrer-Lydia Free (WLP) def. Brooke Bittner-Olivia Gerhardt (Col), 6-0, 6-0; Paige Klumb-Taryn Knudsen (ET) def. Brooke Schumann-Jamie Zangwill (Way A), 6-2, 6-3; Chloe Starz-Rachel Wabers (Mad Ed) def. Samantha Frank-Jessie Cole (Rip), 6-1, 6-2.


Semifinals—Leyrer-Free (WLP) def. Grosso-Lauterbach (WBF/WB), 3-6, 6-2, 6-3; Starz-Wabers (Mad Ed) def. Klumb-Knudsen (ET), 6-2, 6-4.


Finals—Title: Starz-Wabers (Mad Ed) def. Leyrer-Free (WLP), 2-0, 2-0. Third: Grosso-Lauterbach (WBF/WB) def. Klumb-Knudsen (ET), 6-4, 6-4.


Flight 2


(Champion advances to state)


Semifinals—Kirsten Walker-Erin Campbell (McF) def. Jessica Fredrick-Phoebe Mogharei (Lod), 6-2, 6-3; Kylee Molitor-Caroline Christianson (Mad Ed) def. Samie Haas-Makayla Hopp (Waup), 6-4, 6-1,.


Finals—Title: Molitor-Christianson (Mad Ed) def. Walker-Campbell (McF), 6-4, 6-4. Third: Fredrick-Mogharei (Lod) def. Haas-Hopp (Waup), 6-7 (3), 6-2, 6-2.


Flight 3


Semifinals—Rebecca Funk-Autumn Schmidt (McF) def. Demi Kastein-Chelsey Wargula (Waup), 6-4, 6-4; Brianna Piddington-Margrace Carney (Mad Ed) def. Kortney Koch-Jenny Escher (Lod), 6-2, 6-2.


Finals—Title: Piddington-Carney (Mad Ed) def. Funk-Schmidt (McF), 6-3, 6-4. Third: Kastein-Wargula (Waup) def. Koch-Escher (Lod), 6-2. 4-6, 6-3.


Area schools have state qualifiers

Walworth Big Foot/Williams Bay won’t be back in the girls WIAA Division 2 state team tennis tournament, but the Chiefs have qualified in two events for the individual competition.


Julie Kolnik of Chiefs won the Flight 1 singles championship Wednesday in the Whitewater Sectional, and teammates Heather Grosso and Maggie Lauterbach qualified with a third-place finish in Flight 1 doubles.


Edgerton’s Marie Stettler earned a trip to state with a third-place finish in Flight 1 singles. East Troy’s Paige Klumb and Taryn Knudsen advanced as the fourth-place team in Flight 1 doubles.


Madison Edgewood won the sectional with 52 points and advances to the state team tournament. The Crusaders also have a singles and two doubles qualifiers for the individual tournament.


The individual tournament is Oct. 15-17, and the team competition is Oct. 23-24, both at Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison.



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