Friday, September 6, 2013

Prep Girls Tennis

from today's Waukesha Freeman - 

Wauk. North 0

Crusaders cruise past North
Northstars find bright spots in loss
By Tony Mooren, Freeman Correspondent 

WAUKESHA – The best individual records got better for the Crusaders.

While the Catholic Memorial High School girls tennis team was improving Thursday, there was a little something for the Waukesha North team, too.

The Crusaders beat the Northstars 7-0 as senior Catie Fredericks improved to 10-1 at No. 3 singles. Seniors Diane Heighway and Michaela Hoffman improved to 8-3 at No. 2 doubles with a three-set victory, and sophomore Kate Mrochinski improved to 6-4 at No. 4 singles.

“Mentally, I was just trying to stay focused and keep a clear head so I wouldn’t mess up again after a bad shot,” said Fredericks, who won 6-0, 6-1. “I’ve had mostly
 even, close matches and my only rough match was against Neenah, which I lost but they’re Division 1 so it’s not like I’ll have to play her again.”

Memorial is a Division 2 school.

Memorial juniors Marissa Taugher and Millie Akre also won at No. 1 doubles 60, 6-1, which bumped the duo up to a 5-6 season record with Taugher the lone player on either team returning with WIAA state-tournament experience.

Taugher lost her partner to graduation.

“It’s a lot different playing with Millie because I was playing with a girl who was two years older than me who had a lot of experience so I gained a lot of experience,” Taugher said. “Millie and I are both juniors. I’d like to make it to state again and place second or third in conference after placing fifth in conference last year. But it’s a tough conference.”

“There’s no doubt that once you’ve been to state the goal is always to get back and do better than the year before,” Memorial coach Carl Veenendaal said. “That’s always a tough hill to climb but we’ll see what happens. It’s kind of a rebuilding year and we haven’t played the top teams yet but I’m pleased with the results so far.”

A three-set loss at No. 2 doubles and a 6-2, 6-4 loss to CMH freshman Catherine Raster at No. 2 singles provided some encouragement for North coach Alexis Felten.

North senior Maddie Clark and junior Jessica Berry beat Heighway-Hoffman 6-2 in the first set but then fell 6-1, 6-3.

“You can always count on my No. 2 doubles team to work together, whether their mood is up or down,” Felten said. “They’re fairly strong when they come to the net and they had a lot of volley putaways. That’s very encouraging. As the season goes on, we’ll get better and better. We obviously didn’t win, but overall that was some of the best tennis I’ve seen this season.

“We’re definitely not favored to win conference but with the talent we have and the hard work we’re putting in, good results are coming. It’s a matter
 of executing and continuing our hard work in practice and matches.”

Senior Maggie Schultz had the 6-2, 64 loss to Raster at No. 2 singles and Felten said, “That’s the best match I’ve seen her play. Her serve was on and it was a great match against Catherine. They could have hit all day.”

Senior Kelly Quartaro won the No.1 singles match and sophomore Molly Burke and senior Ann Marie Raster won at No. 3 doubles as North dropped to 0-3 in league and 0-9 overall.

“I think there’s more to come from us that people aren’t expecting,” Felten said while Veenendaal concluded, “We’re doing exactly as expected – nothing better and nothing worse.”

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