Picking up after a loss to Wausau Newman, the Lakeland girls’ tennis team looked to get back on track with several matches.
On Thursday, the Thunderbirds defeated Phillips 7-0 in their final regular season match of the season.
Then on Saturday, the Thunderbirds participated in the GNC tournament in Rhinelander.
“Nice to get a 7-0 win,” explained coach Tom Oestreich. “That gave them some confidence in their hitting in their conference match.”
The Thunderbirds played solid tennis to complete the sweep. It all started with Kiah Gauthier defeating Trinity Pesko 6-3, 6-4 in No. 1 singles.
In No. 2 singles, Lorraine Hammes defeated Sophia Debyl 6-2, 6-3.
Maria Gironella and Allison Kulwicki played a crazy first set in No. 3 singles. Gironella pulled it out 7-6 (10), 6-2.
Emma Rose got back on the winning path in No. 4 singles. She defeated Ella Teeters 6-3, 6-3.
Hayley Fieck/Vivian Trapp defeated Hannah Angelo/Alyssa Hoffman 6-4, 6-0 in No. 1 doubles.
The Thunderbirds’ No. 2 doubles team featured a new pairing. Britta Salquist paired with Amaya White, defeating Anna Angelo/Amy Kerner 6-2, 6-0.
“Amaya White filled in for Anna who did nice at two doubles,” Oestreich said.
No. 3 doubles also featured a new pair for the Thunderbirds. Brenna Fricke paired with Hailey Curtis, defeating Carli Foytik/Niina Sawami 6-0,
Both White and Curtis made their varsity debuts, helping the Thunderbirds towards victory.
“The girls hit well yesterday, everyone hit to their potential,” Oestreich said.
As a team, the Thunderbirds placed sixth. Rhinelander got first place.
Gauthier placed fourth in the No. 1 singles tournament. She beat Amanda Lansing from Pacelli 7-5,
“Having a good match from Phillips, [Kiah] was hitting the ball real well, hitting the ball deep and dictating play,” Oestreich said.
Then, Becky Larrain from Wausau Newman beat Gauthier 6-0, 6-1. Gauthier also played Annika Johnson, falling 6-0, 6-0.
Gironella had a couple of wins and finished third at No. 3 singles. Gironella beat Medford’s Cassidy Balciar 6-1, 6-2 in her first match.
“Big thing for her, [Gironella was] hitting really nice ground strokes, seemed relaxed, hit a lot of winners, not a lot of unforced errors and hit a lot of excellent shots,” Oestreich said.
Then, Rhinelander’s Kaylee Pontell defeated Gironella 6-0, 6-1.
With one more match to go, Gironella faced off against Maria Laura Garcia-moya from Marshfield Columbus. Just over a week ago, Laura Garcia-moya defeated Gironella 6-1, 7-5 on September 20.
This time, Gironella got the best of her and won 7-5, 6-1.
Hammes played one match at No. 2 singles. She fell to Medford’s Sophie Brost 7-6 (2), 6-2.
“Lorraine hit the ball the best I’ve seen her hit the ball, but had too many unforced errors,” Oestreich said. “But that’s the best I’ve seen her hit all year.”
Rose took on Pacelli’s Julia Storch at No. 4 singles. Storch defeated Rose 6-1, 6-4.
In doubles, Fieck/Trapp played Lauryn Strick/Elaine Schumacher from Medford at No.1 doubles. The Medford duo won 6-2, 6-3.
In No. 2 doubles, Salquist/White paired up for their second straight match against Medford’s Brooke Sommer/Kailee Mann. Sommer/Mann won 6-2, 6-0.
Fricke paired up with Phoebe Wirtz once again for their match at No. 3 doubles against Wausau Newman’s Anna Hackett/Elizabeth Kroening. The Wausau Newman duo won 7-6, 0-6, 6-2.
“Overall, [I was] happy with the performances, everyone hitting to their potential,” Oestreich said.
Up next, the Thunderbirds travel to Marshfield for subsectional play on Monday, October 7 or Tuesday, October 8, depending on the weather.
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