Tomah High School girls tennis player Lindsey Conway fell short in her bid for a WIAA state tournament bid at the Division 1 Waunakee Sectional Oct. 5.
Conway was defeated in a first-round sectional match by Ellie Kaji of Madison West 6-1, 6-0. Conway finished the season with a 15-6 record. Kaji finished third in the eight-team sectional and will take a 19-11 record into the state tournament.
It was the final high school match for Conway, the only senior on Tomah’s 2017 squad. Tomah coach Andrew Johnson applied for a special qualifier on Conway’s behalf, but the request was denied.
“I am proud of Lindsey and the progress she made this season,” Johnson said. “She did better this year than last year at sectionals and was not overwhelmed by the match this year.”
Johnson said Conway had chances to win more games in the first set but “made some costly errors.” He was hopeful that Conway could turn the match around in the second set. Kaji took a 3-0 lead, and the fourth set went to deuce multiple times before Kaji won the game and then finished off the match.
Madison West won the team sectional and advanced to the state team meet.
Conway scored all eight of Tomah’s team sectional points, and the Timberwolves finished tied for ninth with La Crosse Logan out of 17 teams.