Eagles 3-0, Goslings 2-1 at Watertown tennis quadrangular
Jefferson’s girls tennis team closed out the regular season with a 3-0 record at the Watertown quadrangular on Saturday, while the host Goslings finished 2-1.
For the second time this season, Jefferson edged Watertown 4-3 to finish the day with a perfect record.
“It was the same thing as last time (against Watertown),” Jefferson girls tennis coach Steve Rogers said. “We swept singles and lost all the doubles.”
No. 1 singles player Morgan Graf and No. 3 singles player Eryn Warner each finished 3-0 in their respective flights to lead the Eagles, who also beat Sun Prairie 4-3 and West De Pere 7-0 in a tune-up for today’s subsectional at Whitewater.
“I was super happy,” Rogers said. “We won two matches against very good programs at 4-3. “We had four three-setters and won them all in tiebreakers. Against Sun Prairie, we won all three of them. We were down 3-1 and won the last three matches. It was a nice tune-up for subsectionals.”
Watertown also beat Sun Prairie 4-3 and West De Pere 7-0.
Aubrey Schmutzler, Taylor Adams, Alayna Clark and Mya Werning each finished 2-1 in the singles flights, as did the doubles teams of Jenna Koepp and Katie Schleicher, Sydney Linskens and Abby Marr, and Hannah Baneck and Grace Bowman.
Koepp and Schleicher suffered their first defeat of the season against Sun Prairie’s Lauren Bremmer and Kaia Feldman 6-4, 6-1.
“Overall, this was a good day for us,” Watertown girls tennis coach Andy Dobbins said. “We scheduled these matches to keep us sharp as we move into the postseason and all of our girls were challenged in at least one match. Sun Prairie has an excellent doubles lineup and they really pushed us. Jefferson has a very impressive singles lineup as well. We will use these matches as motivation going forward. Now we put this behind us and move on to the next goal. This team has put in the work all season and we are ready for the big matches. It’s going to be a fun week.”
Watertown travels to Stoughton today for subsectionals.
The Goslings head into the postseason on the heels of earning the school’s first ever conference championship, won the previous weekend at Nielsen Tennis Stadium.
Despite it never having done before, there was a sense that this team could win the Badger South this season.
“I think so,” Koepp said. “We just took one match at a time, but we knew we had something special. All the pieces kind of fit together and we had a special team.”
The group is made up of several multi-sport athletes. Schmutzler, Linskens, Werning and Adams and Clark were all in the basketball program last year. In addition, some of them were converts after spending several years in other sports. Schleicher played volleyball through her sophomore year before Koepp recruited her to join the team last season, when she played No. 2 doubles.
“It’s been really good,” Koepp said. “We’re best friends on and off the court. Just like last year, (my former partner) Celeste Bayer and I were really close. (Katie) has only played two years, but her serve and her groundstrokes are better. She’s more comfortable at the net. We’ll learn from (the loss to Sun Prairie) today. Especially (losing) right before the postseason, it makes you appreciate the wins.”
Clark was a second team all-conference cross country runner her freshman year, but switched to tennis and played on the junior varsity last season before taking over the varsity’s No. 3 spot and excelling this season.
“A lot of the girls played basketball with me,” Koepp said. “It makes us closer from sport to sport.”
WATERTOWN 7, WEST DE PERE 0
1 - Aubrey Schmutzler (W) def. C. Qiu (WDP) 6-1, 6-3
2 - Taylor Adams (W) def. Dorn (WDP) 6-0, 6-0
3 - Alayna Clark (W) def. L. Qiu (WDP) 6-2, 6-1
4 - Mya Werning (W) def. Frank (WDP) 6-1, 6-1
1 - Jenna Koepp/Katie Schleicher (W) def. Johnson/Lau (WDP) 6-1, 6-0
2 - Sydney Linskens/Abby Marr (W) def. Coolidge/Wiesner (WDP) 6-2, 6-0
3 - Hannah Baneck/Grace Bowman (W) def. Skubal/Smet (WDP) 6-0, 6-0
WATERTOWN 4, SUN PRAIRIE 3
1 - Schmutzler (W) def. Fakthong (SP) 6-1, 6-0
2 - Adams (W) def. Wagner (SP) 6-1, 6-0
3 - Clark (W) def. Shanahan (SP) 6-1, 6-0
4 - Werning (W) def. Feldman (SP) 6-3, 6-4
1 - Bruemmer/Feldman (SP) def. Koepp/Schleicher (W) 6-4, 6-1
2 - Hiller/Hamilton (SP) def. Linskens/Marr (W) 6-2, 6-0
3 - White/Dorn (SP) def. Baneck/Bowman (W) 6-4, 2-6, 11-9
JEFFERSON 4, WATERTOWN 3
1 - Graf (J) def. Schmutzler (W) 6-0, 6-0
2 - Kallsen (J) def. Adams (W) 6-1, 6-0
3 - Warner (J) def. Clark (W) 6-2, 6-3
4 - Duddeck (J) def. Werning (W) 6-4, 1-6, 10-8
1 - Koepp/Schleicher (W) def. Wilson/Hachtel (J) 6-0, 6-0
2 - Linskens/Marr (W) def. Dinkel/Meyers (J) 6-1, 6-0
3 - Baneck/Bowman (W) def. Vernon/Carlson (J) 6-1, 6-1
JEFFERSON 4, SUN PRAIRIE 3
No. 1 — Graf (J) def. Dorn (SP) 6-1, 6-0
No. 2 — Hilber (SP) def. Kallsen (J) 7-6 (2), 6-2
No. 3 — Warner (J) def. Hamilton (SP) 6-7 (9), 6-0, 10-3
No. 4 — Farthony (SP) def. Hachtel (J) 6-2, 6-0
No. 1 — Bruemmer/Feldman (SP) def. Karyn Dudek/Shampaine Wilson (J) 6-0, 6-3
No. 2 — Dinkel/Meyers (J) def. Shanahan/White (SP) 6-3, 4-6, 10-6
No. 3 — Vernon/Carlson (J) def. Ashley O’Connell/Theju Vembokkom (SP) 7-6 (6), 2-6, 10-7
JEFFERSON 7, WEST DE PERE 0
No. 1 — Graf (J) def. Johnson (W) 6-0, 6-0
No. 2 — Kallsen (J) def. Qiu (W) 6-2, 6-3
No. 3 — Warner (J) def. Steier (W) 4-6, 6-4, 10-3
No. 4 — Hachtel (J) def. Smet (W) 6-1, 6-4
No. 1 — Dudek/Wilson (J) def. Dorn/Lau (W) 6-2, 6-1
No. 2 — Dinkel/Meyers (J) def. Coolidge/ Wiesne (W) 6-1, 6-1
No. 3 — Vernon/Carlson (J) def. Nilhimdo/ Williams (W) 6-3, 7-5