Goslings advance from subsectional in 3 flights
STOUGHTON — Watertown’s girls tennis team advanced to sectional competition in three flights out of the Stoughton subsectional on Tuesday.
The Goslings tied for third out of eight teams with 14 points.
“All in all, I’m really happy with how we performed today,” Watertown girls tennis coach Andy Dobbins said. “The weather made it a challenging day, as we started the day playing indoors and then moved outside. It was a bit stressful but the girls handled it very well.
“There are some very solid teams in our subsectional, so to score 14 points was a good result. We won some big matches, and we also ran into some great competition. I’m proud of the entire team for how they competed.”
Watertown sophomore Aubrey Schmutzler (13-14) advanced at No. 1 singles when Madison LaFollette’s Claire Schmitt defaulted the match.
At No. 2 singles, senior Taylor Adams won her first match before bowing out in her second match, as did freshman Mya Werning at No. 4 singles. Junior Alayna Clark lost her opening match in straight sets.
“Aubrey’s opponent defaulted the match, but that takes nothing away from Aubrey,” Dobbins said. She earned that seed and she was going to win that match either way.
“Taylor and Mya both started off the day with great wins. Mya had to battle back after a slow start, and she dominated from there. Taylor looked dominant against a girl that beat her a few weeks ago. For them to finish the season with a win today was awesome to see.
“Alayna didn’t play her best, but it takes nothing away from the incredible season she had. Her game has come so far in a short time.”
At No. 1 doubles, seniors Jenna Koepp and Katie Schleicher (27-1) advanced with a 6-1, 6-2 victory in the opening round. Sophomores Sydney Linskens and Abby Marr won their opening match at No. 2 doubles before being eliminated in straight sets in the next round. Juniors Grace Bowman and Hannah Baneck (23-6) advanced at No. 3 doubles with a pair of straight set victories.
“Jenna and Katie took care of business and picked up a quick win,” Dobbins said. “They are prepared and ready for the big matches ahead.
“Hannah and Grace played one of their best matches of the season against DeForest, a team they lost to in the finals of the conference tournament. They played with a lot of confidence and were making great decisions on the court. Qualifying for the sectional is a huge accomplishment for them.
“Sydney and Abby picked up a nice win against Monona Grove, and then ran into a great Sun Prairie team. That team is a tough matchup for us, but we gave it a great effort. What a great season for them.”
The Goslings travel to Lake Geneva for the Badger sectional today.
No. 1 Singles
Aubrey Schmutzler (W) def. Claire Schmitt (LaF) 2-0, 2-0
No. 2 Singles
Taylor Adams (W) def. Madison Schafer (Sto) 6-1, 6-1
Samantha Fuchs (DeF) def. Adams (W) 6-0, 6-0
No. 3 Singles
Jackie Jensen (Fort) def. Alayna Clark (W) 6-4, 6-2
No. 4 Singles
Mya Werning (W) def. Martina Walling (Fort) 2-6, 6-0, 6-0
Audrey Williams (DeF) def. Werning (W) 6-3, 6-0
No. 1 Doubles
Jenna Koepp/Katie Schleicher (W) def. Armstrong/Xiong (DeF) 6-1, 6-2
No. 2 Doubles
Sydney Linskens/Abby Marr (W) def. Khamphouy/Ross (MG) 7-5, 6-3
Hamilton/Hilber (SP) def. Linskens/Marr (W) 6-1, 6-3
No. 3 Doubles
Hannah Baneck/Grace Bowman (W) def. Nisius/Schellin (Sto) 6-1, 7-5
Baneck/Bowman (W) def. Tisch/Barske (DeF) 7-6(3), 6-3
Team scores: Oconomowoc 20, DeForest 16, Watertown 14, Monona Grove 14, Sun Prairie 8, Fort Atkinson 2, Stoughton 2, Madison La Follette 0