Sunday, August 17, 2014


from Saturday's Freeman -

Taugher’s turn to lead Crusaders 
Senior a two-time state qualifier

Freeman Staff

WAUKESHA — Marissa Taugher has a chance to achieve a trifecta.

The Catholic Memorial High School senior is pursuing a third consecutive trip to the WIAA Division 2 state individual tennis tournament, having competed in Madison with Elizabeth Diedrich in 2012 and Kelly Quartaro in 2013.

Taugher, a captain, is one of six letterwinners back from last season’s team, which finished fourth in the Classic 8 Conference at 4-3.

“Our team goal will be to finish second or third in conference play,” CMH coach Carl Veenendaal said. “I hope to advance two or four players to state.”

The Crusaders’ other varsity veterans are senior Melissa Akre, sophomores Catherine Raster and Kate Mrochinski and seniors Bridget Fredericks and Ann Marie Raster, who both
played some varsity matches last season.

CMH is working to replace a talented 2013 graduating class that included Catie Fredericks, who went 25-5 at No. 4 singles; and Diane Heighway and Michaela Hoffman, who were 22-6 at No. 2 doubles. Quartaro and Nicole Schmit have also graduated.

“Kate Mrochinski and
Catherine Raster are a couple players we will be looking at to make an impact this year,” Veenendaal said. “Seniors Millie Akre and Marissa Taugher will hopefully be able to make it to state as a doubles team. Juniors Sarah Rosecky and Maureen LaMarche may also be a strong doubles team.”

The Crusaders prepared themselves diligently for the fall.

“Most of my players participate in the Waukesha Tennis Association at Heyer Park during the summer,” Veenendaal said. “Several attend the Whitewater Tennis Camp and take lessons at either Western Racquet Club in Elm Grove or Lake Country in Hartland.”

As Memorial pursues its goal of finishing second or third in the conference, it will take aim at another challenging objective.

“My other goal is to try to
stop Arrowhead from running the table on the Classic 8 Conference,” Veenendaal said. “They are a force that is going to be next to impossible to stop.

“We could combine all seven teams, cherry pick the top players from each team and I still don’t think that team could stop Arrowhead. They return everyone from last year’s 48-1 team. (Coach) Gina Resch should be able to lead Arrowhead to its first state title this year.”

Photo:    Catholic Memorial’s Marissa Taugher reaches for a shot during last year’s Classic 8 Conference Tournament. Freeman file photo

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