The Beaver Dam girls tennis team saw their season come to an end on Wednesday at the Sectional in Oconomowoc. At #2 singles The Golden Beavers Riley Smith dropped a match to Waunakee’s Claire Jaeger (6-3, 7-6), then defaulted in the 3rd place match because of an injury to Tinker Trent of Lake Geneva Badger. BDHS’s #1 doubles squad of Madelyn Connaughty and Hannah Budde fell to Waunakee’s Gretchen Lee and Sara Sowlinski (6-1,6-4) in their opening match.
Watertown had five athletes at the Sectional. At #1 singles Aubrey Schmutzler fell to Samantha Fuchs (6-0, 6-0) in the first round. The #1 doubles team of Abby Marr and Sydney Linskens dropped a (4-6, 6-1, 6-4) decision to Maya Lang and Sophia Strass of Lake Geneva Badger. The #3 doubles team of Jacey Smith and Avalon Uecke won their opening match (6-2, 6-2) over Jaiden Lauer and Cameron Heckel of Lake Geneva Badger before falling to Oconomowoc’s Mara Hoffmann and Karina Manders in the championship (5-7, 6-2, 6-4).
Gosling’s head coach Andy Dobbins emailed the following comments to DailyDodge.com about his team’s efforts. “Aubrey ran into one of the best players in the state. It was a tough draw, but it doesn’t take anything away from what she has accomplished this season and her entire career. She has played #1 singles for three years and has been the anchor of this team. Without her there is no way that we have the success that we have had, including winning a conference title. She won a lot more than she lost and did it her way. It has been fun to watch her progression from a scrappy freshman to a legitimate #1 singles player. It has been a fun ride.”
“Syd and Abby played one of the best matches of their career, and came up just short against the top seed. This was a competitive match from the first point, and our girls came to play. The loss will sting, but they have nothing to hang their heads about. They have been together for three seasons and consistently improved every year. It’s been a joy to watch them compete and see them have success. We are going to miss their leadership and prescence at the top of the lineup.”
“Jacey and Avalon finished the season playing their best tennis, which is what we strive for. They showed steady improvement all season and became a very tough combo. They were never afraid to be aggressive and take chances on the court. At their best, they can compete with anyone. Both of these girls have worked their way up through our program, earned this opportunity, and made the most of it.”
In the Division Two Sectional at Altoona, Mayville’s #1 doubles team of Krista Mayberry and Olivia Lange dropped their opening match to Onalaska Luther’s Sara Hoffe and Carrie Warren. Waupun’s #1 doubles team of Kayle Rote and Dulcie Kind fell to Julia Krier and Jose LaJennesse of West Salem (6-4, 6-0) while the #3 doubles team of Brynn Yedinak and Danielle Dewar dropped a match to Altoona’s Greta Schlafer and Ann France (6-4, 6-0). The then lost to Elle Bolstad and Jada Wahl, (3-6, 6-3, 6-1). In #1 singles Waupun’s Alysa Pattee fell to Madigan Freng of West Salem (1-6, 6-4, 10-8). Pattee is still in the running for an at-large bid to the D2 state tournament because of her strong regular season.
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