Friday, September 5, 2014

Girls' Tennis clean the 'Shirts

from today's Waukesha Freeman -

Crusaders too tough for Blackshirts
Mrochinski shakes off illness to win at No. 2 singles


CMH 6
Waukesha South 1 

By Jeff Hagenau, 
Freeman Correspondent 

WAUKESHA — Kate Mrochinski had the perfect remedy for a cold.


Mrochinski, a sophomore, clearly demonstrated that point by winning in straight sets at No. 2 singles to lead the Catholic Memorial High School girls tennis team to a 6-1 victory over Waukesha South in a 2 hour, 30-minute Classic 8 Conference dual meet at Heyer Park on Thursday.


It was the second conference victory of the young season for the Crusaders, who improved to 2-1 in league-dual competition.


Mrochinski showcased her mental toughness throughout the course of her 97minute individual match by battling through the warm, muggy conditions, fighting through the fatigue of a nagging cold and defeating South senior Maggie Liu 6-2, 7-5.

 Catholic Memorial 2 singles Kate Mrochinski watches a shot while 
playing Waukesha South’s Maggie Liu Thursday at Heyer Park. 
Charles Auer/Freeman Staff 

Despite capturing the opening set, she struggled to maintain the momentum and eventually fell behind 4-3 in the decisive second set.


Mrochinski responded to the pressure by playing with the poise of a veteran, winning several long points to
 methodically complete a comeback.

“It was one of the toughest matches of my life,” said Mrochinski, one of two sophomores in Memorial’s starting lineup. “With it being allergy season and having a cold, I was really tired and thought at times it might be impossible to finish. It was just one of those matches that tested your mental toughness on each and every point.”


Mrochinski, who improved to 3-3 overall in singles competition this season, was relieved to finally end the marathon and walk from the court with a satisfying performance.


“From beginning to end, it was a hard-fought battle, so it was a great relief to be able overcome a slow start at the
 start of the second set and come away with some big points to get back on track,” she added. “I was just really happy to be able to pull out a victory and get through the situation.”

Sophomore Catherine Raster won in straight sets at No. 1 singles and senior Bridget Fredricks added a straight-set victory at No. 3 singles for the Crusaders.


Memorial swept its doubles matches, highlighted by a three-set marathon victory from its No. 2 tandem of senior Meghan Mueller and
 Ann Marie Raster.

Mueller and Raster defeated South sophomores Carley Schreiber and Terra Miller in the remaining match of the day 7-5, 6-7 (2), 6-3.


Memorial coach Carl Veenendaal was pleased with the way his team maintained its focus and aggressively won pivotal points to build momentum.


“The kids did a great job of grinding out victories,” said Veenendaal, who guided the Crusaders to fourth place in the Classic 8 last year with a 4-3 record. “Looking back on
 the day, there were four matches that could’ve gone either way, but we responded to the pressure and answered each challenge.

“South always competes hard so we expected it to be another close match. I’m just proud of how the kids stayed aggressive and continually won the big points to take control. Our goal is to improve with each competition and remain competitive as the season progress. Today, we took another step forward with another strong effort.”


Freshman Jaeda Walsh won in three sets at No. 4 singles, outlasting Memorial senior Tara Hoffmann 1-6, 7-6 (5), 6-1 for South, which dropped to 2-1 in conference and 4-5 overall.


“I was impressed with Memorial’s performance today,” South coach Dan Schreier said. “They were very good at coming back from large deficits and winning big points. That mental toughness allowed them to dig out of some big holes and build momentum. That was the difference in the match.”


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