Balls spraying all over the court in tennis

Port has tough week; Grafton wins tourney and picks up confidence
Ozaukee Press staff

Expectations were low this season for the rebuilding Grafton High School tennis team, but the Black Hawks did pull out a tournament victory early this month.

The Hawks won the Brown Deer Invite on Sept. 8. They beat Dominican, Kewaskum and Sheboygan Falls, all by scores of 6-1.

Lydia Olson at No. 1 singles, Taylor Wenten at No. 2 and Kate Aleknavicius at No. 3 all went 3-0 on the day, as did the No. 2 doubles team of Kate Schroeder and Jamie Kretlow and the No.

3 team that mixed in Hunter Bault, Savannah Leyer and Andrea Vanderloop.

“They were absolutely thrilled and excited about winning that tournament. I hope that enthusiasm will continue for the remainder of the season,” coach John Kangas said.

“They’re starting to believe in themselves, gaining confidence in each match with their strokes and strategies.”

The Hawks lost to Slinger, 7-0, on Sept. 11, and had one doubles team take third place in a Cedarburg invite on Saturday.

Olson teamed up with Sierra Loughlin to beat Beaver Dam, lose to Cedarburg and beat West Bend East in all straight-set matches.

Kangas did say some of objects of his players’ focus wasn’t just tennis balls. The mosquitoes, he said, “absolutely ferocious everywhere. A lot of arm movements, a lot of extra swinging going on.”

The Hawks next play at Port Washington at 3:30 p.m. Thursday and at a quadrangular meet in Kohler on Saturday. Cedarburg and Homestead host the North Shore Conference Tournament on Sept. 25 and 26.

Port Washington’s tennis team dropped two matches last week. On Sept. 12, the Pirates lost a non-conference meet, Lake Country Lutheran/Milwaukee Lutheran, 5-2; and on Sept. 11 lost to NSC opponent Cedarburg, 7-0, in straight set matches.

“Cedarburg was a very tough opponent for this year. Their girls have strong pace and placement and we struggled across the board with that,” coach Melonie Zielinski said.

“Kaylee Doll used the pace to her advantage and depth to keep rallies going with her opponent, while Morgan Stone and Ashley Zygowski used net play to end significant points to stay in the match.”

Against Lutheran, Chloe and Tess Schueller at No. 1 doubles “used effective placement and communication to win in straight sets” and Somers Welton and Jessica Boccio at No. 2 doubles “got a win for Port through the use of their serves and placement at the net,” Zielinski said.

Port was to play Hartford on Tuesday before hosting Grafton on Thursday and then play in the NSC Tournament.



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