Girls Tennis vs. Cedarburg
The University School girls’ tennis team lost to Cedarburg 4-3 in a dual meet on Friday, September 4th at USM. The Wildcats often compete against Division 1 opponents, understanding that playing challenging competition prepares them well for the Division 2 state tournament, which concludes the season. USM’s loss was the second straight close defeat against a Division 1 team. The Wildcats also lost to Whitefish Bay, a perennial Division 1 power, by the same 4-3 score on August 25th.
The Wildcats won three matches Friday. Senior Maahum Jan defeated Cedarburg’s freshman Ava Andrae at number one singles by a convincing 6-2, 6-1 score.
At number two doubles, senior Kala Siddalingaiah and junior Becca Daskal beat Cedarburg sophomores Carley O’Leary and Zoe Larson, 6-2, 6-2.
In the number three singles match, USM junior Divya Pandey worked through a difficult three set match to eventually defeat freshman Tess Kornetzke, 6-3, 1-6, 10-3.
Cedarburg won the other four matches and seized the victory.
Senior Sydney Brown defeated senior Audrey Treptow in the number two singles match, 6-3. 6-3.
In another tie-breaker match at four singles, senior Alex Kresnak beat USM sophomore Neomi Spellman, 4-6, 6-2, 10-6.
The two doubles match was also close. In it, seniors Ellaya Kucharski and Lauren Mrotek beat freshmen Isabel Werner and Beatrice Laterman, 6-4, 6-4.
In the three doubles match, Cedarburg freshmen Katina Zimmerschied and Libby Plante beat USM junior Rachael Schneck and sophomore Jessi Marcus by a close 7-5, 6-4 score.
Commenting on Friday’s match, USM’s head coach, Matt Flack said, “The girls played very well. Cedarburg is always a tough D1 opponent. Maahum and one doubles won convincingly against strong teams. And Divya played a near-perfect match tie-breaker to win.
“Our freshmen two doubles showed their toughness in a close loss 6-4 6-4. They never wilt. It’s amazing actually for freshmen.
“Three doubles also lost a very close match, 7-5 6-4.
“Audrey played a very good opponent and made some adjustments that almost got her the win. And Neomi lost a tough third set match but she will bounce back.
“Windy conditions made it a tricky day but the girls played very well, and the coaches are very proud of them.”
Siddalingaiah added her thoughts on the Wildcats’ play, “Even though we suffered another really close loss to a D1 opponent, we had some great matches. Maahum played a really nice match today with unwavering consistency. It’s something we’ve been working on a lot during practice, so it was awesome to see our hard work executed in a match. I think we can win our next D1 duel, if we keep increasing our level of play. Victory will come eventually.”
As Siddalingaiah noted, the Wildcats face another top-level D1 team in their next match. USM hosts Divine Savior Holy Angels in a dual meet at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 9th at USM.