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Janesville Craig tennis over Madison Memorial

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Gazette Staff
September 4, 2009

Camilla Owen is seeing light at the end of the tunnel.


Janesville Craig High School’s girls tennis coach watched her team dump host Madison Memorial, 6-1, Thursday to improve to 2-1 in the Big Eight Conference.


Unlike previous matches, the Cougars received three singles victories, along with the three victories in doubles play.


“It was an unbelievable performance tonight,” Owen said. “Maggie Bolton (No. 3 singles) was the first one done. She just played some great tennis.


“Laudan (Rezai, at No. 4 singles) played the best I’ve ever seen her play, and the same with (No. 2) Kelly Collins. They really put it to them. They’re starting to see the strategy.”


The No. 1 doubles team of Hailey Smith and Taylor Storbakken improved to 9-0, while the No. 2 doubles team of Olivia Ehlers and Emily Reshower went to 8-1. The No. 3 doubles team of Ciarra Sroda and Mina Liza Shahlapour are 8-0.


The Cougars return to Big Eight action next week with a home match against Middleton on Tuesday, then have a makeup match at Beloit on Wednesday. The Cougars play at Parker on Thursday.


CRAIG 6, MEMORIAL 1

Singles—Valerie Shen (MM) def. Niki Westenberger, 6-1, 6-1; Kelly Collins (JC) def. Mikayla Johnson, 7-6 (3), 6-2; Maggie Bolton (JC) def. Teja Vemuganti, 6-0, 6-3; Laudan Rezai (JC) def. Keerthana Pittala, 7-5, 6-2.


Doubles—Hailey Smith-Taylor Storbakken (JC) def. Melissa Milbrandt-Andrea Rummel, 6-1, 6-1; Olivia Ehlers-Emily Reshower (JC) def. Melissa Horsfall-Heeja Jeon, 6-4, 6-1; Ciarra Sroda-Mina Liza Shahlapour (JC) def. Laura Xu-Kelly Shen, 6-3, 7-5.


Junior varsity—Craig 7, Memorial 0.


Verona 7, Parker 0—Janesville Parker lost three matches in three sets in suffering a Big Eight loss to the visiting Wildcats.


“To our credit, we were three sets away from making it a 4-3 match,” Parker coach Justin Long said. “Unfortunately, we couldn’t get the wins in those matches, and we fell short.


“But all I’ve asked of the girls is to keep battling, no matter who we’re playing, and that’s what we did today.”


Parker, which fell to 2-2 in the Big Eight, returns to conference action Tuesday at Sun Prairie.


VERONA 7, PARKER 0

Singles: Lexi Demario (V) def. Emily Sodemann, 6-3, 6-1; Morgan Wilson (V) def. Lauren Brooks, 6-1, 6-7 (7-4), 6-2; Stephaine Wolf (V) def. Sarah Sodemann, 6-1, 6-2; Kaitlyn Hackbarth (V) def. Terri Harmata, 7-6 (10-8), 4-6, 6-0.


Doubles: Kirsten Broce-Becca Taylor (V) def. Maddie Theisen-Kirsten Zeilinger, 6-2, 6-1; Grace Davenport-Jordan Langer (V) def. Kim Amundson-Danielle Boyd, 6-2, 6-2; Hannah Upiena-Stephanie Miller (V) def. Ellary Nemetz-Hayley Fenrick, 2-6, 6-4, 7-5.


Junior varsity—Verona 7, Parker 0.



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