Area players fall in state tennis tournament

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Gazette Staff
Saturday, October 15, 2011
— A successful high school tennis career came to an end Friday for Maddie Theisen and Kristen Zeilinger.

Janesville Parker’s No. 1 doubles team won its first match of the day, but saw the season come to an end in a Division 1 third-round loss to third-seeded Sarah Woods and Mary Newby of Milwaukee Divine Savior Holy Angels. Theisen and Zeilinger, both seniors, finished the season with a sparkling 31-2 record.

Theisen and Zeilinger breezed past Middleton’s Mo Livesey and Julie Rickert, 6-3, 6-3, in Friday morning’s second-round match. Woods and Newby, however, improved to 14-1 on the season with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Theisen and Zeilinger.

“They were one of the two best teams that we played in four years,” Theisen said of Woods and Newby. “They hit the ball a lot harder than any other teams we’ve played, and were very consistent as far as keeping the ball in play.

“We played a lot better this morning than we did yesterday, but we just lost to a better team this afternoon.”

In other Division 1 results Friday, Milton’s doubles team of senior Marianne Moser and junior Elizabeth Murphy lost to Ruth Jensen and Mara Kuzmanovic of Greendale, 6-0, 7-5.

In Division 1 singles, Elkhorn senior Bryanne Blanton lost a tough second-round match to Anneliese Zak of Green Bay Southwest, 7-5, 3-6, 6-3.

In Division 2 singles, Whitewater’s Hannah Runez lost a second-round match to Jessie O’Brien of Madison Edgewood, 6-3, 6-3. Walworth Big Foot’s Liz McGrail won her second-round match, but lost to Daley Rupar of Wausau Catholic Newman in the quarterfinals.

Last updated: 6:43 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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