Parker tennis edges past Craig
Photos from the Craig and Parker girl's tennis match
JANESVILLE Justin Long figured Thursday’s girls tennis match between crosstown rivals Janesville Parker and Janesville Craig would be close.
Long knew his Vikings would be strong in singles play, but he also knew that the Cougars had two undefeated doubles teams.
As it turned out, Parker High’s strength in singles proved to be the difference in the Vikings’ 4-3 Big Eight Conference win.
The turning point, according to Long, was Terri Harmata’s three-set win at No. 4 singles.
“Terri just keeps playing hard and never gives in,” Long said. “And that was really important tonight because she lost the first set.
“But I’m proud of everybody. To beat a good team like Craig means a lot to our team.”
Other Parker winners were Emily Sodemann, No. 1 singles; Lauren Brooks, No. 2 singles; and the doubles team of Kim Amundson and Danielle Boyd. Amundson and Boyd improved to 9-2 on the season, while Brooks is 8-3.
While the Vikings improved to 4-2 in the conference, they dropped the Cougars to 3-3.
“We had our chances,” Craig coach Camilla Owen said. “We had our moments, but we just didn’t do it when we had to.
“It came down to our No. 2 doubles team, and unfortunately it was not to be their day.”
The Cougars’ No. 1 doubles team of Hailey Smith and Taylor Storbakken (12-0), and No. 3 doubles team of Ciarra Sroda and Mina Liza Shahlapour (11-0) remained undefeated on the season.
Owen said Sroda and Shahlapour are playing so well that she might move them up to No. 2 doubles.
In addition, Maggie Bolton was at No. 3 singles.
Parker is at the Elkhorn Quadrangular on Saturday. Craig is off until its home match at Madison East on Tuesday.
PARKER 4, CRAIG 3
Singles: Emily Sodemann (P) def. Niki Westenberger, 6-1, 6-2; Lauren Brooks (P) def. Kelly Collins, 6-3, 6-3; Maggie Bolton (C) def. Sarah Sodemann, 6-1, 6-1; Terri Harmata (P) def. Lauden Rezai, 6-7 (7-5), 6-2, 6-4.
Doubles—Hailey Smith-Taylor Storbakken (C) def. Maddie Theisen-Kristin Zeilinger, 6-3, 6-3; Kim Amundson-Danielle Boyd (P) def. Olivia Ehlers-Emily Reshower, 7-5, 6-4; Ciarra Sroda-Mina Liza Shahlapour (C) def. Hailey Fenrick-Ellary Nemetz, 6-0, 6-1.
Junior varsity—Craig 6, Parker 1.