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The Antigo girls’ tennis team will send one competitor to WIAA division one sectional play Wednesday, following sub-sectional competition held Monday in Green Bay.

Sophomore Ellie Kelly, who was the six seed entering play in No. 3 singles, moved on by taking second in her flight. Kelly opened play with a 6-3, 6-3 upset of third seeded Karina Verdette of Bay Port. Following the win, Kelly advanced to take on the number two seed, Pulaski’s Emily Jerovertz.

Kelly was definitely going into this as the underdog, Head Coach Aimee Hein said. But she didn’t let that get to her, her consistency and hustle on the court pulled through for the second time of the day.

The 7-6, 6-3 win knocked out one of the bracket’s favorites and earned Kelly a trip to sectionals. Jacqueline Brady of Notre Dame Academy would defeat Kelly and take first in the bracket, with Kelly second. The Red Robins sophomore holds a record of 15-9 on the season.

As far as the rest of the Robins fared, No. 1 singles player Maya Gaedtke came into the meet as the number five seed and faced off with Bay Port’s Melyna Ramirez.

We went in with high hopes knowing a win was within reach, Hein said. Ramirez went in with determination to dominate the match and that is exactly what she did, despite some hard earned points, Gaedtke couldn’t push had enough to edge Ramirez.

The 6-0, 6-2 loss brought Gaedtke’s otherwise successful season to a close.

No. 2 singles saw Antigo’s Izzy Matuszewski open as the four seed against Bay Port’s Sidney Kropp. The pair went toe to toe early in the match, with Matuszewski winning a tie breaker in the first set. Kropp would return the favor in the second set and kept her momentum going in the third to earn the win.

Matuszewski had some strong volleys and hard serves, Hein noted. Her opponent cut more angles and pushed back harder for the eventual win.

Freshman Avery Nicholson was the first match of the day for the Robins. Seeded fifth in No. 4 singles, Nicholson took on Sami Faucett of Pulaski and fell 6-2, 6-2.

Nerves in the new and bigger venue seemed to have the usually calm and cool Nicholson a little rattled, Hein added. Faucett was a powerful player who took man liberties at the net, overpowering the match.

Doubles play saw all of Antigo’s teams eliminated after dropping their opening matches.

The No. 1 doubles team of Abby Robrecht and Taylor Arrowood got off to a good start by holding serve against a Notre Dame duo, but in the end it was not enough as even stronger serving did the pair in, with a 6-2, 6-2 defeat.

No. 2 doubles saw Pia Spychalla and Sydney Lenzner fall to a pairing from Bay Port. Following a slow start, Spychalla and Lenzner roared back to win the second set before falling victim to Bay Port’s aggressive net play in the 1-6, 6-4, 1-6 loss.

Antigo’s No. 3 doubles team, consisting of Jenna Lenzner and Samantha Belling kept each set close, but eventually dropped a 6-3, 6-3 match to Green Bay Southwest.

The teams fought hard today and all season, Assistant Coach Brian Beyer, who spent his day with the doubles players said. Our No. 1 and No. 3 teams will both return next season.

Kelly will be back at the Western Racquet Club in Green Bay Wednesday for sectional competition. The first place finisher in flight three will advance to the state meet.
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Runner up finish sends Ellie Kelly to tennis sectionals
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The Antigo girls’ tennis team will send one competitor to WIAA division one sectional play Wednesday, following sub-sectional competition held Monday in Green Bay.

Sophomore Ellie Kelly, who was the six seed entering play in No. 3 singles, moved on by taking second in her flight. Kelly opened play with a 6-3, 6-3 upset of third seeded Karina Verdette of Bay Port. Following the win, Kelly advanced to take on the number two seed, Pulaski’s Emily Jerovertz.

Kelly was definitely going into this as the underdog, Head Coach Aimee Hein said. But she didn’t let that get to her, her consistency and hustle on the court pulled through for the second time of the day.

The 7-6, 6-3 win knocked out one of the bracket’s favorites and earned Kelly a trip to sectionals. Jacqueline Brady of Notre Dame Academy would defeat Kelly and take first in the bracket, with Kelly second. The Red Robins sophomore holds a record of 15-9 on the season.

As far as the rest of the Robins fared, No. 1 singles player Maya Gaedtke came into the meet as the number five seed and faced off with Bay Port’s Melyna Ramirez.

We went in with high hopes knowing a win was within reach, Hein said. Ramirez went in with determination to dominate the match and that is exactly what she did, despite some hard earned points, Gaedtke couldn’t push had enough to edge Ramirez.

The 6-0, 6-2 loss brought Gaedtke’s otherwise successful season to a close.

No. 2 singles saw Antigo’s Izzy Matuszewski open as the four seed against Bay Port’s Sidney Kropp. The pair went toe to toe early in the match, with Matuszewski winning a tie breaker in the first set. Kropp would return the favor in the second set and kept her momentum going in the third to earn the win.

Matuszewski had some strong volleys and hard serves, Hein noted. Her opponent cut more angles and pushed back harder for the eventual win.

Freshman Avery Nicholson was the first match of the day for the Robins. Seeded fifth in No. 4 singles, Nicholson took on Sami Faucett of Pulaski and fell 6-2, 6-2.

Nerves in the new and bigger venue seemed to have the usually calm and cool Nicholson a little rattled, Hein added. Faucett was a powerful player who took man liberties at the net, overpowering the match.

Doubles play saw all of Antigo’s teams eliminated after dropping their opening matches.

The No. 1 doubles team of Abby Robrecht and Taylor Arrowood got off to a good start by holding serve against a Notre Dame duo, but in the end it was not enough as even stronger serving did the pair in, with a 6-2, 6-2 defeat.

No. 2 doubles saw Pia Spychalla and Sydney Lenzner fall to a pairing from Bay Port. Following a slow start, Spychalla and Lenzner roared back to win the second set before falling victim to Bay Port’s aggressive net play in the 1-6, 6-4, 1-6 loss.

Antigo’s No. 3 doubles team, consisting of Jenna Lenzner and Samantha Belling kept each set close, but eventually dropped a 6-3, 6-3 match to Green Bay Southwest.

The teams fought hard today and all season, Assistant Coach Brian Beyer, who spent his day with the doubles players said. Our No. 1 and No. 3 teams will both return next season.

Kelly will be back at the Western Racquet Club in Green Bay Wednesday for sectional competition. The first place finisher in flight three will advance to the state meet.
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