It was a busy and eventful week for the Lakeland girls’ tennis team. The up and down week provided great moments along the way.
The first match of the weekend came against Rhinelander on Sept. 19. The Hodags won 7-0.
Then on Friday, Sept. 20, the Thunderbirds came back to beat Columbus Catholic 6-1.
One of the highlights came from Lorraine Hammes in No. 2 singles. Hammes gave Kenedy Van Zile a run in the first set. But Van Zile still won 6-3, 6-0.
In doubles, No.1 Hayley Fieck/Vivian Trapp went up against Alex Oestreich/Jackie Wells. The Rhinelander duo won 6-1, 6-2.
In No. 2 doubles, Anna Maulson/Britta Salquist took on Kathryn Borski/Jaiden Thiel. Borski/Thiel were victorious, winning 6-2, 6-2.
The No. 3 doubles’ team of Brenna Fricke/Phoebe Wirtz came back with a great second set. They were able to win five points. But Jaiden Thiel/Izzy Haverkampt came out with the 6-0, 7-5 victory.
“The good thing is Rhinelander has a good team and when you play against good opponents you can only get better,” coach Tom Oestreich said. “The girls were really pounding the ball against Rhinelander, kind of got us back on track.”
Kiah Gauthier beat Ryleigh Mcgiveron 6-0, 6-1 in No. 1 singles.
“(Kiah) did a nice job,” Oestreich said. “She had minimal unforced errors and she was able to dictate play and forced her opponent to make unforced errors.”
Hammes played a perfect game winning 6-0, 6-0 against Maya Kuhn in No. 2 singles.
“(Lorraine) pretty much commanded the match from the beginning and dictated the points,” Oestreich said. “Lorraine was ripping some good forehands.”
Columbus Catholic got their first and only win of the day at No. 3 singles. Maria Laura Garcia-moya defeated Lakeland’s Maria Gironella 6-1, 7-5.
In No. 4 singles, Emma Rose defeated Declyn Tracy 6-1, 6-3.
“Emma had a lot of nice groundstrokes and a lot of nice points,” Oestreich said. “Emma was hitting the winners and her opponent was hitting the errors.”
The doubles teams enjoyed success, sweeping all three of their matches.
Fieck/Trapp defeated Angela Mcquillen/Alison Skrenes 6-1, 6-1 in No. 1 doubles.
“As the season has gone on, I’ve been impressed with Trapp at the net,” Oestreich said. “Hayley’s serve and groundstrokes from the baseline are really playing to her potential, that their opponents are not getting to.”
No. 2 doubles featured Maulson/Salquist against Alliah Immerfall/Eva Schiferl. Maulson/Salquist won 6-1, 6-1.
“Whoever was at the net was being aggressive and whoever was at the baseline was lobbing the ball back nicely and hitting cross court shots and took it to their opponent and dictated the points,” Oestreich said.
The duo of Fricke/Wirtz also won, defeating Emma Alcott/Denali Volkman 6-1, 6-0.
“Phoebe is being more and more confident, getting really comfortable at the net. Brenna’s serve continues to get better, more pace on her serve,” Oestreich said. “Both can cover the court nicely and they both switch and communicate well.”
The Thunderbirds next game comes tonight at home against Newman Catholic starting at 4:30 p.m.
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