The University School girls tennis team played in the Brookfield East Tournament on Tuesday and Wednesday. The tournament featured all eight of the area’s top teams, all Division 1 schools except for USM. The Wildcats beat Nicolet and Brookfield Central their matches on Tuesday but dropped two close matches on Wednesday against Arrowhead and Divine Savior Holy Angels to finish in fourth place in the tournament.
USM defeated Nicolet in one of Tuesday’s matches. In the number 1 singles match, Maddy Ecker of USM took quick care of Emily Mone of Nicolet, 6-0, 6-1. Ali Pollack of USM defeated Nina Gerard 6-1, 6-1 in number 2 Singles: In the number 3 singles contest, Emily Chrobak of USM played Nicolet’s Emma Wathen, and in number 4 singles, Caroline Taylor knocked off Audrey Lang of Nicolet, 6-1, 6-0.
In the number 1 doubles contest, Nicole Harris and Julia Vietinger of USM fought from behind and in a stunning match defeated Sara Miller and Josie Docalavich, 1-6, 6-3 (11-9). Erin Wathen and Michelle Margolies of Nicolet won the 2 doubles match over Meredith Short and Taylor Benard by a 6-4, 4-6, (10-5). In the number 3 doubles match Mercedes Halaska and of Nicolet beat Carly Black and Hayley Gebhardt, 6-1, 6-2.
In their other match on Tuesday, the Wildcats beat Brookfield Central 5-2. USM swept the singles matches. In 1 singles, Ecker had little trouble defeating Hanna Sekaran of Brookfield Central, 6-1, 6-0. Pollack won the 2 singles match against Andjela Laginovich, 6-2, 6-1. Emily Chrobak won the 3 singles match for USM by taking care of Nikita Sood by a 6-3, 6-1 score. In 4 singles, USM’s Taylor dispatched Kim Smith of Brookfield Central by a 6-1, 6-0 score.
Brookfield Central won two of the three doubles matches. In number 1 doubles, Caroline Trels and Brooke Skemp of Brookfield Central got past Vietinger and Harris, 7-5, 6-4. Annie Porritt and Ali Bublitz of Brookfield Central won the 2 doubles match against USM’s Short and Bernard, 6-2, 4-6, (11—9). USM’s Black and Gebhardt won 3 doubles by beating Elizabeth Capper and Molly Protz 7-5, 6-4.
On Wednesday, the Wildcats began the day by playing Arrowhead. The match went down to the last set in the final match, before Arrowhead finally won, 4-3. USM won three of the four singles matches. Ecker beat Emily Kolbow in the number 1 singles match. The first set was tough, but Ecker wore Kolbow down in it and then cruised in the second set. The final score was 7-6 (7-3), 6-0. Pollack continued to win in 2 singles. She beat Teagan Hipp of Arrowhead, 6-3, 6-4. Taylor won the 4 singles duel for USM by defeating Meredithy Johnson 6-4, 6-1. Rachel Ross of Arrowhead defeated USM’s Chrobak 6-3, 6-0.
USM dropped the first two doubles matches. Abby Kolbow and Kali Flesch of Arrowhead beat Harris and Viietinger in number 1 doubles by a 6-2, 6-3 score, and Caroline Bong and Abby Lauterbach beat USM’s Black and Gebhardt 6-4, 6-3 in 3 doubles.
That left the number 2 doubles match to decide the outcome. In a long, closely fought battle, Katie Hinzey and Courtney Shipshock of Arrowhead outlasted USM’s Short and Benard, 6-4, 7-5, (9-11) to give Arrowhead the victory.
The result of the Arrowhead matches put USM in the match for third place. The Wildcats faced a strong DSHA team and lost 4-3.
As usual, Ecker and Pollack won the one and two singles matches. Ecker struggled, but eventually beat Lane McLauglin of DSHA, 7-6 (7-6), 2-6, 10-3, and Pollack easily handled Claire Schmidt, 6-1, 6-0. Taylor won a tough 3 singles match against DSHA’s KK Doering by a 7-5, 1-6, (11-9) score. In 4 singles Kira Tuttle of DSHA beat Gebhardt, 7-5, 6-0.
DSHA won all of the doubles matches. In 1 doubles, Maddy Henderson and Mary Newby of DSHA beat USM’s Harris and Chrobak, 6-4, 6-1. In 2nd doubles: Patty Newby and Theresa Balistri beat Short and Veitinger by a 7-5, 6-1 score and in 3doubles: Morgan Drezek and Reagan Schmidt of DSHA beat Benard and Black of USM, 6-4, 6-1.
USM will resume play on Saturday when the Wildcats travel to Manitowoc to take part in the Roncalli High School Quad Invitational. The opening matches are scheduled for 9:00 a.m.