2014: Girls stumble at Watertown but rebound with wins over Monona Grove, Madison East, Muskego

IMG_6651-M-KE-G-TennisMalcolm McIntyre | Oconomowoc Today

Family Night/Senior Recognition Night Thursday as OHS hosts West Bend East

Disheartening was the Oconomowoc girls tennis team’s loss to Wisconsin Little Ten conference rival Watertown, 4-3, on the road Sept. 17, yet the team made a quick comeback Saturday going 3-0 as a team in the Hartford/Oconomowoc Varsity Invitational defeating Monona Grove, Muskego and Madison East, all non-conference opponents.

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Two freshmen, Kate Eichstaedt, top, and Sophie Tesch, above, are key members of this season’s 2014 OHS girls varsity tennis team.

Against Watertown, the team score was tied at two flights wins each, but OHS was only able to secure one three-set victory out of the three remaining matches with a win at No. 3 doubles by senior Yukiko Ikeda and junior partner Lexi Miller. Contributing the additional two victories were Heidi Tremaine at No. 1 singles and Alexa Sabel and Ali Harwood at No. 1 doubles.

With an unexpected lineup change Saturday for Cooney in the Hartford/Oconomowoc Invite, pairing seniors Gabby Brucker and Emily Kneiser in doubles proved to be a winning combination as they went undefeated for the tournament.

Emily displayed her leadership as captain and her versatility as an experienced tennis player moving from singles to doubles this far into the season, while Gabby showed her resilience and compatibility to successfully play with her third partner change. Partners Ali Harwood/ Alexa Sabel and Yukiko Ikeda/ Lexi Miller completed the doubles line up winning a total of five out of six flights.

Continuing her winning ways at No. 1 singles, Heidi Tremaine was put to the test with a 7-6. 6-2 victory over Sarah Trimborn from Monona Grove, and a 7-5, 6-4 win over Muskego’s Kristen Kubel.

Stepping up in the lineup for Oconomowoc, as Tremaine was unable to play in round three, freshmen Kate Eichstaedt and Sophie Tesch played No. 1and No. 2 singles respectively. These two young athletes, along with their freshman teammate Sydney Rehard, are the future singles corps of the Oconomowoc team. For them to move up in the team line up and display their talent and court composure is all parents, teammates, and coaches could wish for. Completing the revised singles line up were senior Anchal Scott and junior Taylor Thomas.

The team celebrates Family Night and Senior Athlete Recognition Thursday at home against conference leader West Bend East and travels to the Oshkosh West Varsity Tournament on Saturday.

Thanks to OHS girls tennis coach Suellyn Schelleper-Rohrer for this article.

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