Columbus falls hard, Antigo wins 7-0|
Last week’s loss to league-leader Rhinelander was certainly disheartening for the Antigo High School girls tennis team — but on Tuesday, the Lady Robins erased the memory with a stellar 7-0 win over Marshfield Columbus.
The on-the-road contest was split between two locations — the top two flights at one court and the bottom pair at another. Antigo was successful at both.
“We are definitely pleased with our conference win,” Coach Aimee Hein said.
Seniors Alexa Samolinski and Sami Smits dominated the action at No. 1 doubles, allowing their opponents — Marshfield’s Marion Schneider and Catherine Anderson — few chances to make a stand. The Antigo pair swept the first set 6-0 and then won the second 6-2.
Abi Warren and Mandy Petts were also solid in the No. 2 spot. Challenging the Dons’ Ruth Schultz and Ada Inman, Antigo won on convincing margin 6-3, 6-1.
Continuing the sweep at No. 3, Tara Grall and Nikole Houdek won big, 6-2, 6-0, over Marshfield’s Lindsey Schultz and Tracy Neale.
In singles play, Red Robin senior Maddie Matuszewski claimed the daily crown with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Beth Frericks.
“She was forced to adjust her play,” Hein explained, “but she not only made the necessary adjustments but also took chances on the court at all the right times to come up with the win.”
Likewise, senior Ashley Brown controlled the pace of her match in the No. 2 slot, winning 6-1, 6-3.
“Ashley did a great job keeping Marshfield’s Marcia Garcia on edge,” Hein said. “[She] varied and placed her shots beautifully.”
Allison Kondzela and Emily Wald also gave Antigo wins at the No. 3 and 4 positions.
Kondzela defeated Lauren Derfus 6-1, 6-0 while Wald scored a 6-0, 6-0 shut-out.
“They didn’t waste time coming up with wins,” Hein said.
The victory improved Antigo to 4-1 in the Great Northern Conference.
Antigo will travel to Merrill on Thursday.
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