The Oconomowoc Girls Tennis Team opened up their 2014 season with enthusiasm, determination and a taste of victory at the Oconomowoc Tennis Center Saturday hosting the Oconomowoc Varsity Tennis Quad. Fond du Lac finished first at 3-0, Oconomowoc second at 2-1, Pewaukee third at 1-2, and Racine Horlick fourth at 0-3.
Emily Kneiser and Heidi Tremaine, senior co-captains, led their team with a combined total of five wins and one loss sharing the No. 1 and No. 2 singles flights throughout the day. The junior duo at No. 1 doubles, Ali Harwood and Alexa Sabel, took straight set victories against Racine Horlick and Pewaukee, while losing a nail bitter to Fond du Lac’s Annie Hierl/KelliCole 6-7 (7-9), 4-6.
Competing in various positions at the varsity and varsity reserve positions, in front of a great Oconomowoc parent fan base Saturday, were seniors Gabby Brucker, Yukiko Ikeda, Hannah Meyer, Anchal Scott, and Ingrid Timm. Also competing w ere juniors Lexi Miller and Taylor Thomas and freshman Kate Eichsteadt.
Eichsteadt, playing No. 3 singles in her first varsity meet defeated all three of her opponents in straight sets. Kate is a welcome addition to the OHS varsity top ten. Her love of the game, combined with a strong inner will to win, tempered with a developing singles game, puts her in hunt for next year’s No. 1 singles flight as Kneiser and Tremaine graduate next spring.
Following Eichsteadt’s lead are fellow peers Sophie Tesch and Sydney Rehard. Additional tennis athletes competing for a top ten position are Cierra Smith, Maggie Russell, Samantha Kosanke, and Erica Stoffer.
Filling the tennis spirits of soon-to-be college freshmen, Audrey Adler, Jaclyn Swift, and Bri Glaser will be a big challenge for this year’s varsity squad. These three girls instilled within their underclassmen followers what is means to compete, generate mental toughness, have fun, and create life long memories and friendships. The 2014 varsity team will experience success as a team and challenges as a team. All varsity and varsity reserve players accept the responsibility to become triple threat players; improve their own game, help improve their teammate’s game, and play with respect for their opponents.
As I say to my team on a regular basis,”Let’s play tennis!”
Thanks to OHS girls tennis coach Suellyn Schelleper-Rohrer for this article.