Antigo crushes competition, team wins a pair in GNC|
Antigo’s ladies served up some victories on the court at Medford Monday.
Challenging two Great Northern Conference competitors, Coach Aimee Hein’s varsity tennis team trounced both of them to walk away with the 14-0 victors on back-to-back 7-0 wins.
“We had an extremely successful night,” Hein said.
A young Phillips team fell to Antigo’s talent in the early contest as the Robins dominated the match. Over the entire 12-set, six match contest, the Loggers won only five games. Antigo won one match by forfeit.
“All of our girls cruised through their prospective matches pretty quickly. We out-hit and outmaneuvered them,” Hein said.
Antigo’s second match versus host Medford proved to be more of a challenge.
Although claiming victory, quite easily, in its first sets, the Robins were forced to kick their play up a notch as the evening wore on.
At No. 1 singles, senior Maddie Matuszewski kept Medford’s Shantel Faude moving around the court and in turn, won the second set more easily than the first 6-4, 6-2.
Senior Ashley Brown crushed Beth Marshall in their opening set but then gave her opponent time to breath before relying on her own confidence at the net to nudge out the 6-1, 6-4 victory.
Sophomore Allison Kondzela was a complete powerhouse at No. 3 singles, out-hitting and out-serving her opponent. Medford’s Chelsea Rausch lost the match 0-6, 1-6.
Finally, at No. 4 Singles, Emily Wald had her work cut out for her in the second set following an early 6-3 win. Her opponent, Sydney Emmerich, had a 4-1 lead before Wald switched up her shots and strategically placed the ball to score a comeback 7-5 victory.
Antigo’s doubles teams had a tougher battle.
At the No. 1 spot, seniors Alexa Samolinski and Sami Smits breezed through the first set 6-0 but were caught off guard when Medford claimed the second 6-2.
“Both teams fought hard for the last set, but thanks to Samolinski's and Smits' aggressive net play, they pulled ahead with a final set of 7-5,” Hein said.
At No. 2, juniors Abi Warren and Mandy Petts were in a battle from the start with their first set going into a tie-breaker. Winning 7-6 (4), the pair finished with a 6-2 victory.
Nikole Houdek and Tara Grall won their first set 6-4 at No. 3 but had to fight back in the third set after an upsetting 3-6 second set loss. Regaining their composure, the pair won the third 6-3.
“Houdek and Grall had us nervous, starting with a three game deficit. Both girls moved well and hit deep to turn things back in their favor,” Hein said.
With victories in hand, Antigo will host Rhinelander on Thursday for a 5 p.m. start.
Antigo Girls Tennis
at Medford Triangular
Aug. 25, 2014
Antigo 7, Phillips 0
1. Maddie Matuszewski (A) def. Lyndsey Holan (P), 6-1, 6-0.
2. Ashley Brown (A) def. Mary Srnkovo (P), 6-0, 6-0.
3. Allison Kondzela (A) def. Claire Langfoss (P), 6-1, 6-1.
4. Emily Wald (A) won, forfeit by Phillips.
1. Alexa Samolinski & Sami Smits (A) def. Gabrielle VonSeggern & Savanna Soal (P), 6-2, 6-0.
2. Abi Warren & Mandy Petts (A) def. Maria Surman & Kayeelynn DeLasky (P), 6-0, 6-0.
3. Tara Grall & Nikole Houdek (A) def. Marisa Griesel & Katie Willers (P), 6-0, 6-1.
Antigo 7, Medford 0
1. Matuszewski (A) def. Shantel Faude (M), 6-4, 6-2.
2. Brown (A) def. Beth Marshall (M), 6-1, 6-4.
3. Kondzela (A) def. Chelsea Rausch (M), 6-0, 6-1.
4. Wald (A) def. Sydney Emmerich (M), 6-3, 7-5.
1. Samolinski & Smits (A) def. Ciera Danen & Marissa Friedel (M), 6-0, 2-6, 7-5.
2. Warren & Petts (A) def. Rylee Anderson & Caryl Rhyner (M), 7-6(4), 6-2.
3. Tara Grall & Nikole Houdek (A) def. Katie Doucette & Keysha Firnstohl (M), 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.