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Thursday was Antigo's highly anticipated girls tennis match against Rhinelander with the Lady Robins hosting. It was the first time the two have met up since last year's Great Northern Confeence meet on Sept. 23 where the Lady Robins edged out the Hodag's 35-32 for the league title, a first in Antigo girls tennis history.

“Before getting the match underway, however, we took a moment to honor the players parents for all of their help and support throughout the season and beyond,” Robins coach Aimee Hein recanted.

“Rhinelander came fierce, ready to settle the score after losing the conference title to us last year,” she continued. “We knew it was going to be a close match with a lot of tense moments.”

Maya Gaedtke (senior) started her match at No. 1 singles looking pretty good. Her opponent caught up a bit and gave Gaedtke a brief scare before she regrouped and sailed through two sets for the 6-4, 6-0 win.

Antigo's No. 1 doubles duo was playing on the next court with a similar situation. The first set was a little close at times, but Abby Robrecht and Taylor Arrowood (seniors) pushed ahead with hustle and aggressive moves at the net.

Once they took the first set, the second came much easier winning 6-3, 6-1.

Meanwhile Ellie Kelly struggled at No. 2 singles against a consistent opponent in Rhinelander's Emma Roberts.

Margo Kelly didn't find much luck at No. 4 singles against her opponent either as she fell 6-2, 6-2.

Antigo and Rhinelander each had two wins with three matches left to play out.

The No. 3 doubles team for the Robins, Julia Westen and Greta Parsons fell in the first set but then came out strong in the second set. Parsons dominated net play, and Westen covered the court well.

Despite their best efforts, the No. 3 duo ultimately lost the second set, and the match, in a second set tiebreaker, 6-3, 7-6 (7).

The No. 2 doubles team had a similar story with a different ending. Samantha Belling (senior) and Jenna Lenzner seemed to be struggling in the first set as Rhinelander's Madi Losch and Alexis Pyrchalla pulled ahead with an easy 4-1 lead.

Belling and Lenzner adjusted to the situation and charged ahead by winning five games to Rhinelander's one to win the first set 7-5. Rhinelander's duo then pushed back with aggressive play to win the second set 6-4, taking the match to three sets.

Belling and Lenzner were not going to give up there. The two were quick and strategic in their choices, allowing for the final 6-1 win.

With three wins for each team, the match's fate was left up to No. 3 singles player, Avery Nicholson and Hodag's Kennedy VanZile.

Nicholson started the match with a significant lead, but her opponent pulled out some hard and low shots to pull ahead to win the first set 7-6 (0).

“After a disappointing drop in the lead, Avery persisted on,” Hein explained. “She never quit, hustling after every ball.”

Many of the points lasted for more than 20 hits, but never did Nicholson back down or show weakness. Ultimately, Nicholson's perseverance paid off with a 6-4 win for her in the two plus hour match and, consequently, the team.

Antigo finished the night with the 4-3 victory.

“I'm so proud of the girls for showing up tonight and proving how much they wanted this win,” the coach stated. “We proved to Rhinelander that we aren't going to give up the conference title that easily. The work isn't over, though; Rhinelander will really be gunning for us at the conference tournament now.”

Next week Antigo host Lakeland on Tuesday for senior night and then travel to Medford Thursday. Both events begin at 4:30 p.m.



Red Robin Tennis

Rhinelander at Antigo

Ralph Elleson Tennis Courts

Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018

Antigo 4, Rhinelander 3



Singles

No. 1. Maya Gaedtke (A) def. Alex Oestreich (R ), 6-4, 6-0

No. 2. Emma Roberts (R ) def. Ellie Kelly (A), 6-2, 6-2

No. 3. Avery Nicholson (A) def. Kennedy VanZile (R ), 6-7(0), 6-2, 6-4

No. 4. Kaylee Pontel (R ) def. Margo Kelly (A), 6-2, 6-2

Doubles

No. 1. Abby Robrecht and Taylor Arrowood (A) def. Annika Johnson and Haley Seefeldt (R ), 6-3, 6-1

No. 2. Samantha Belling and Jenna Lenzner (A) def. Madi Losch and Alexis Pyrchalla (R ), 7-5, 4-6, 6-1

No. 3. Jackie Wells and Savanna Chartier (R ) def. Julia Westen and Greta Parsons (A), 6-3, 7-6(7)


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Luck was on Avery Nicholson's side, Robins upset Hodags 4-3
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Thursday was Antigo's highly anticipated girls tennis match against Rhinelander with the Lady Robins hosting. It was the first time the two have met up since last year's Great Northern Confeence meet on Sept. 23 where the Lady Robins edged out the Hodag's 35-32 for the league title, a first in Antigo girls tennis history.

“Before getting the match underway, however, we took a moment to honor the players parents for all of their help and support throughout the season and beyond,” Robins coach Aimee Hein recanted.

“Rhinelander came fierce, ready to settle the score after losing the conference title to us last year,” she continued. “We knew it was going to be a close match with a lot of tense moments.”

Maya Gaedtke (senior) started her match at No. 1 singles looking pretty good. Her opponent caught up a bit and gave Gaedtke a brief scare before she regrouped and sailed through two sets for the 6-4, 6-0 win.

Antigo's No. 1 doubles duo was playing on the next court with a similar situation. The first set was a little close at times, but Abby Robrecht and Taylor Arrowood (seniors) pushed ahead with hustle and aggressive moves at the net.

Once they took the first set, the second came much easier winning 6-3, 6-1.

Meanwhile Ellie Kelly struggled at No. 2 singles against a consistent opponent in Rhinelander's Emma Roberts.

Margo Kelly didn't find much luck at No. 4 singles against her opponent either as she fell 6-2, 6-2.

Antigo and Rhinelander each had two wins with three matches left to play out.

The No. 3 doubles team for the Robins, Julia Westen and Greta Parsons fell in the first set but then came out strong in the second set. Parsons dominated net play, and Westen covered the court well.

Despite their best efforts, the No. 3 duo ultimately lost the second set, and the match, in a second set tiebreaker, 6-3, 7-6 (7).

The No. 2 doubles team had a similar story with a different ending. Samantha Belling (senior) and Jenna Lenzner seemed to be struggling in the first set as Rhinelander's Madi Losch and Alexis Pyrchalla pulled ahead with an easy 4-1 lead.

Belling and Lenzner adjusted to the situation and charged ahead by winning five games to Rhinelander's one to win the first set 7-5. Rhinelander's duo then pushed back with aggressive play to win the second set 6-4, taking the match to three sets.

Belling and Lenzner were not going to give up there. The two were quick and strategic in their choices, allowing for the final 6-1 win.

With three wins for each team, the match's fate was left up to No. 3 singles player, Avery Nicholson and Hodag's Kennedy VanZile.

Nicholson started the match with a significant lead, but her opponent pulled out some hard and low shots to pull ahead to win the first set 7-6 (0).

“After a disappointing drop in the lead, Avery persisted on,” Hein explained. “She never quit, hustling after every ball.”

Many of the points lasted for more than 20 hits, but never did Nicholson back down or show weakness. Ultimately, Nicholson's perseverance paid off with a 6-4 win for her in the two plus hour match and, consequently, the team.

Antigo finished the night with the 4-3 victory.

“I'm so proud of the girls for showing up tonight and proving how much they wanted this win,” the coach stated. “We proved to Rhinelander that we aren't going to give up the conference title that easily. The work isn't over, though; Rhinelander will really be gunning for us at the conference tournament now.”

Next week Antigo host Lakeland on Tuesday for senior night and then travel to Medford Thursday. Both events begin at 4:30 p.m.



Red Robin Tennis

Rhinelander at Antigo

Ralph Elleson Tennis Courts

Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018

Antigo 4, Rhinelander 3



Singles

No. 1. Maya Gaedtke (A) def. Alex Oestreich (R ), 6-4, 6-0

No. 2. Emma Roberts (R ) def. Ellie Kelly (A), 6-2, 6-2

No. 3. Avery Nicholson (A) def. Kennedy VanZile (R ), 6-7(0), 6-2, 6-4

No. 4. Kaylee Pontel (R ) def. Margo Kelly (A), 6-2, 6-2

Doubles

No. 1. Abby Robrecht and Taylor Arrowood (A) def. Annika Johnson and Haley Seefeldt (R ), 6-3, 6-1

No. 2. Samantha Belling and Jenna Lenzner (A) def. Madi Losch and Alexis Pyrchalla (R ), 7-5, 4-6, 6-1

No. 3. Jackie Wells and Savanna Chartier (R ) def. Julia Westen and Greta Parsons (A), 6-3, 7-6(7)


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