Still encountering lineup changes at the midway point of their season, trying to find the best spot for each player and best doubles combinations, the Viroqua girls tennis team picked up a 5-2 win, and scored team points in all three matches played last week.
The Blackhawks began the week with a 2-5 home court loss to Mauston, Thursday, Sept. 7, before traveling to Winona Cotter on Saturday for a triangular meet, where they dropped their first match by a 2-5 score to Cotter, before rebounding with an impressive 5-2 win over Trinity at River Ridge.
“The girls played phenomenally well in all three matches,” coach Cassandra Melcher said.
Mauston 5, Viroqua 2
The only two wins for the Hawks versus Mauston came on a dominating performance by new No. 3 doubles partners Kylie Krahn and Marissa Czap and a forfeit win by Avienda Inman at No. 4 singles.
Krahn and Czap, teaming up for the first time this season, rolled past the Golden Eagles doubles pair of Marissa Dolada and Klaudia Solverson by a 6-0, 6-1 margin. The No. 1 VHS double combo of Emma Kolden and Delilah Vance put up a lengthy battle, but finally succumbed in a 7-6 (5), 4-6, 2-6 three set loss to Mauston’s Bergen Brandt and Lauryn Luke. Erin Baker and Elena Morton lost their No. 3 doubles match in straight sets 0-6, 0-6 to Sara Gomez and Ana Turner.
In singles action, Lizzy Hoversten lost a hard-fought 5-7, 2-6 match to Mauston’s No. 1 singles player, Baylee Babcock. Olivia Rottman dropped a 1-6, 0-6 decision to Noelle Dorrington at No. 2 singles and Viroqua’s Shaila Swenson was defeated 1-6, 1-6 by her opponent Natalie Buss at singles No. 3.
Winona Cotter 5, Viroqua 2
The two team points earned in the Cotter match came in doubles competition, with Baker and Morton teaming up for a convincing 6-1, 6-3 victory at No. 2 over Sarah Zhu and Sarah Sun. Krahn and Czap picked up a forfeit win at No. 3 doubles, after dominating the match early on, before one of the Cotter players withdrew. Kolden and Vance played well in their first set, but still dropped the No. 1 doubles match 4-6, 0-6 to Cotter’s combination of Cindy Li and Anna Piechowski.
Cotter dominated singles play with Kylie Modjeski defeating Hoversten 0-6, 0-6 at No. 1. Choco Li won by scores of 2-6, 0-6 over Rottman at No. 2 singles. Swenson was defeated 0-6, 1-6 at No. 3 and Thea Hass-Sawvell lost her No. 4 singles match to Winona’s Ella Leaf by the same score.
Viroqua 5, Trinity 2
Wins at No. 3 and 4 singles and a clean sweep in doubles competition lifted the Blackhawks to the win over Trinity at River Ridge.
Krahn, switching back to singles for the match, got things off on the right foot for VHS with a 7-6 (5), 6-2 win over Sophie Youngdale at No. 3 and Swenson followed up with a seesaw 6-1, 1-6, 10-8 hard-fought victory over Margaret Ryan at No. 4 singles. Hoversten lost her No. 1 match in straight sets to Katie Mulvey and Rottman dropped a 1-6, 2-6 match to Claire Rachec at singles No. 2.
Kolden and Vance powered past Trinities’s No. 1 doubles pair of Abby Maslow and Holly Pickett in straight sets 6-0, 6-0, while Baker and Morton, and Czap and Brenna Rider, won by forfeit at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles, respectively.
“Lizzy had some tough competition against Katie Mulvey from Trinity, as she is a state ranked player in Minnesota,” Melcher said. “Emma and Delilah had a similar issue against Winona Cotter, with Cindy Lu being another state ranked player. All three had to fight for every single point.”
“Shaila is picking up so much every day and in every practice, she was able to take things she did wrong in her first match against Cotter and use it to get a win against Trinity,” Melcher said. “Kylie and Marissa were switching over to doubles for these matches and did not disappoint. With the lineup changes it sent Olivia to No. 2 singles and she has stepped up in a big way.”