Lindsey Conway is returning to a familiar place.

For the fourth straight season, Conway qualified for sectional tennis play after a quick victory Monday at the WIAA Division 1 La Crosse Subsectional.

Conway entered the tournament as a number-two seed and defeated a Sparta opponent 6-1, 6-1 to advance in the number-one singles bracket. She improved her record to 15-5.

Tomah coach Andrew Johnson said Conway enters the sectional in a solid position to compete for a state tournament berth.

“The big difference between this year and last year is that she is playing better tennis and she goes in as a higher seed, so she will play a lower seed from the other subsectional,” Johnson said.

Conway was the only Tomah entry to advance to the Waunakee Sectional. Three other Tomah entries won their first-round matches.

Lillie McMullen, a junior, won her first match at number-two singles but was defeated in the second round by Elizabeth Burelbach of La Crosse Central. Only the top two from singles brackets two through four advance to the sectional.

“Lillie McMullen had a solid day of tennis,” Johnson said. “She was disappointed, but I was proud of how she played.”

Jordan Kuehl and Alli Batten won their opening match at number-two doubles in a tight contest that included a game with 17 deuces. They were then eliminated by the Onalaska doubles team of Rayna Scheifelbein and Reagan Kalosis.

“I was proud of how they hustled in their second match,” Johnson said.

At number-three doubles, Deidre Martin and Zoe Fitzpatrick avenged an earlier loss to a Holmen opponent before losing to the top-seeded La Crosse Central team of Jenna Holman and Haley Nedeegard. Johnson said the pair played “some of their best tennis” in the second round match.

Britney Krog (number-three singles), Kendra Lene (number-four singles) and Haley Bradley/Morgan Arch (number-one doubles) all lost in the first round.

Team scores: La Crosse Central 22, Onalaska 22, Tomah 8, La Crosse Logan 8, Sparta 6, Baraboo 4, Portage 4, Reedsburg Area 2, Holmen 0.

The subsectional left Johnson optimistic about his team’s prospects for 2018.

“Unfortunately, a lot of seasons ended today, but I am really excited to see what they can do next year,” Johnson said. “We only graduate Lindsey, which are huge shoes to fill, but as a team we have a chance to get stronger.

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Steve Rundio is editor of the Tomah Journal. Contact him at 608-374-7785.

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