Doubles drives Janesville Craig’s tennis win
Thanks to continued strong doubles play, Janesville Craig’s girls tennis team cruised past Madison East here Tuesday at Palmer Park.
The Cougars won all three doubles matches en route to a 5-2 win that lifted Craig High to 4-3 in Big Eight duals.
Craig’s No. 1 doubles team of Hailey Smith and Taylor Storbakken improved to 13-0. Sierra Sroda and Mina Liza Shahlapour are 12-0 at No. 3, and Olivia Ehlers and Emily Reshower are 10-3 at No. 2 to give Cougar doubles teams a 35-3 combined record.
“I’m obviously very pleased with how our doubles teams are playing,” Craig coach Camilla Owen said. “But tonight, I was really happy with the way everyone played. Beating East by that score is good.
“We continue to improve as a team, and that’s the most important thing.”
Craig’s Maggie Bolton ran her record to 6-1 at No. 3 singles, while Sarah Gray also registered a win for the Cougars.
CRAIG 5, EAST 2
Singles—Jessie Rodgers (ME) def. Niki Westenberger, 6-1, 6-1; Heidi Thiel (ME) def. Kelly Collins, 6-0, 6-1; Maggie Bolton (JC) def. Avery Young, 6-4, 6-4; Sarah Gray (C) def. Leah Resnick, 6-1, 6-2.
Doubles—Hailey Smith-Taylor Storbakken (C) def. Alie Mitchell-Anna Spiekerman, 7-5, 6-2; Olivia Ehlers-Emily Reshower (C) def. Karley Bolz-Maggie Douglas, 6-0, 6-2; Sierra Sroda-Mina Liza Shahlapour (C) def. Sadie Jimenez-Ashley Frank, 6-1, 6-2.
Junior varsity—Craig 7, East 0.
-- Parker falls—Janesville Parker suffered a 4-3 loss to Madison La Follette in Big Eight Conference girls tennis at La Follette.
The loss dropped Parker to 4-3 in the Big Eight.
“We knew going in today it was going to be a close match,” Parker coach Justin Long said. “One through 10 we played hard.’’
The Vikings host Madison Memorial on Thusday.
LA FOLLETTE 4, PARKER 3
Sngles—Renee Nelson (ML) def. Emily Sodemann, 6-2, 6-0. Rebecca Mixtacki (ML) def. Lauren Brooks, 6-3, 6-2. Hannah Martin (ML) def. Sarah Sodemann, 6-0, 6-0. Terri Harmata (JP) def. Claire Gloede, 6-4, 6-2.
Doubles—Maddie Theisen-Kristen Zeilinger (JP) def. Monic Ripp-Anna Burant, 6-1, 6-0. Kim Demundson-Danielle Boyd (JP) def. Madeline Erce-Anna Brunner, 6-4, 5-7, 6-2. Laurel Szalkowski-Emilee Verhage (ML) def. Hailey Fenrick-Ellary Nemetz, 6-3, 1-6, 6-2.