Rachel Anderson confidently rolled into the second round of the WIAA State Individual Girls Tennis Tournament Thursday.
The St. Catherine’s High School senior No. 1 singles player got little resistance from Eau Claire Regis sophomore Caroline Kowieski, winning 6-0, 6-1 in her first-round Division 2 singles match at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison.
Prairie’s No. 1 doubles team of senior Haley Jones and sophomore Sarah Gesner got off to a slow start in their first-round Division 2 match, but finished well in a 6-2, 6-0 victory over sophomore Kate Harris and freshman Morgan Dekan of Altoona.
Anderson had never played Kowieski before, but Anderson didn’t take long to figure out how to beat her.
“I was pretty confident,” said Anderson, whose match lasted about an hour. “I talked to others who played her before.”
Angels coach David Mooney said Anderson looked very good as she began her fourth straight state tournament appearance.
“She dominated the match from start to finish,” Mooney said. “She started fast and took it to her right away.”
Next up for Anderson (26-5) is senior Laura Larrain of Wausau Newman (21-0), the No. 3 seed. Anderson has beaten Larrain a couple times and will need to beat her Friday to keep her medal chances alive.
“I’m going to go into the match confident and do my best,” Anderson said. “We’ll see what happens.”
Gesner and Jones (13-12) trailed 2-1 early in the first set, but started turning the match around with their serving. They still had some struggles in the second set, falling behind love-40 and 15-40 in two games, but came back to win both games before closing out the match.
“They had us on our heels early,” Hawks coach Nich Schafer said. “Then our girls stepped up their first serves and got nine of 10 returns in. In the last three games, we rolled them.”
The reward for the Prairie duo is a match against No. 2-seeded seniors Meredith Heckert and Izzy Klesmith of Big Foot-Williams Bay (21-2).
Schafer said the Big Foot girls are hard hitters, something Gesner and Jones can handle.
“We do well against hard hitters,” Schafer said. “Against Big Foot, if you don’t win with your volleys, they will hit it right by you. They finished well (Thursday), but will have to step it up (Friday).”
BURLINGTON 3, WESTOSHA CENTRAL 1: The Demons continued their Southern Lakes Conference dominance, improving to 6-0 in the SLC with a 25-20, 22-25, 25-23, 29-27 victory over the Falcons at Paddock Lake.
Burlington coach Mike Jones said the defense of Tyler Duesing, Sam Lois and Trey Krause was a key to the victory, which kept the Demons in first place.
Burlington (20-9-1 overall) was led by Malik Tiedt with 15 kills, David Paul with 49 assists and Trey Krause with 21 digs.
Burlington def. Westosha Central 25-20, 22-25, 25-23, 29-27: BURLINGTON STAT LEADERS — Kills: Malik Tiedt 15. Blocks: Drew Pesick 5. Assists: David Paul 49. Digs: Trey Krause 21.
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WATERFORD 4, MILWAUKEE AUDUBON TECH 3: The Wolverines finished the regular season on a high note behind the efforts of Chris Estrada and Adin Tyma in their nonconference victory at Waterford.
Estrada scored twice for Waterford (4-13-1) and Tyma had the assists on Estrada’s goals. Michael Hyland had eight saves in goal for the Wolverines.
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Waterford 4, Milwaukee Audubon Tech 3 — Waterford goals/assists: Alex Wollmer (Chris Estrada), Estrada (Adin Tyma), Estrada (Adin Tyma), Jacob Cheever (Wollmer). Waterford saves: Michael Hyland 8.