Parker's Harmata triumphs at state tennis meet
MADISON Becky Harmata of Parker High passed her first test at the 2012 WIAA Division 1 girls state tennis meet Thursday at Nielsen Tennis Stadium.
Harmata, a junior, won her state debut match, defeating senior Yuka Shiotani of Franklin, 6-2, 6-0.
Harmata (13-13) advanced to the second round against No. 8-seeded sophomore Gabi Kitchell (27-1) of D.C. Everest at 8:30 this morning.
"Becky played very, very well," Parker coach Justin Long said. "Becky's first time at state was at the 2010 team state meet, so she had a little experience, but this was her first match as an individual at state. She improved her serve and her ground strokes.''
Long said Kitchell presents a bigger challenge for Harmata.
"Kitchell is not seeded No. 8 for nothing," Long said. "Her 27-1 record speaks for itself.''
In other Division 1 singles matches, Cricket Gelderman (22-9) of Lake Geneva Badger defeated Elizabeth Edsell (18-12) of Oshkosh West, 6-0, 6-4. Gelderman faces Madison West's Lily Simonson (14-10) at 8:30 this morning.
Elizabeth Murphy of Milton (20-8) lost to Hayley Schlueter (20-5) of Menomonee Falls, 7-5, 6-1. Lily Fisher of Badger lost to La Crosse Logan's Meredith Holt (25-2), 6-1, 6-2.
Holt faces undefeated Milton junior and No. 7 seed Lea Krajcovicova (24-0) at 10 this morning.
In Division 1 doubles, Delavan-Darien seniors Sam Hoyord and Kylie Bliss lost only four of 19 matches coming into state, and each loss was to a state qualifier. Now the school history-making duo has five losses to state qualifiers.
Hoyord and Bliss (15-5) fell to Glendale Nicolet sophomores Erin Wathen and Michelle Margolies (32-2), 6-1, 6-2. Hoyord and Bliss were the first Comets to earn a state tennis berth in 38 years.
Badger sophomores Joanie Williams and Andrea Chironis lost to Hanna Muche and Katie Lang of New Berlin Eisenhower, 6-3, 6-2.