Muskego’s Elizabeth Sobieski and a late-season pairing from Wilmot take Division 1 ladies tennis titles

Muskego's Elizabeth Sobieski and a late-season pairing from Wilmot take Division 1 girls tennis titles

Curt Hogg
| Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

LAKE GENEVA – One has been a mainstay on the state stage for 3 years. The opposite got here collectively simply three weeks in the past. Each at the moment are state champions. 

Muskego’s Elizabeth Sobieski gained the Division 1 state championship in singles, and Wilmot’s staff of Halle Rosentreter and Gwen Hammond introduced dwelling the gold in doubles on Saturday at Lake Geneva Tennis Middle.

Sobieski was making her third look at state however had but to medal main into her breakout junior season. Dealing with the highest seed, Autumn Bruno of Whitnall, Sobieski dropped the primary set however rallied for a 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 victory. 

The outcomes of every set weren’t all that shut, however that doesn’t inform the entire story. Every sport inside was fiercely contested, many determined after going to a deuce tiebreaker.

“It was an excellent match,” Sobieski stated. “It was actually lengthy.” 

Sobieski and Bruno had met earlier than. Bruno, a senior, handed Sobieski her solely lack of the season in sectionals and earned the No. 1 seed with a document of 18-0. Sobieski got here into the weekend 20-1. In 2019, Bruno additionally gained a matchup within the semifinals of the fifth-place bracket to ship Sobieski dwelling with none {hardware}. 

Saturday’s match was headed in an identical route after a primary set through which Bruno broke serve to go up 3-2 after which held serve from there to take a 1-0 set benefit. 

“It was her serve that was robust,” Sobieski stated. “I wasn’t too fearful and knew I may maintain mine, so I used to be simply going to go from there. I wasn’t too fearful, however simply needed to break her serve. I knew I may go three units if I needed to so I used to be able to go.” 

Sobieski then dropped the primary sport after it went to eight deuces, however the size of the sport labored in her favor. 

Bruno’s semifinal match earlier within the day towards Badger’s Zaya Iderzul, final yr’s state runner-up, went almost three hours whereas Sobieski’s took a couple of third of that point. 

“I believe it helped me,” Sobieski stated.

Sobieski broke Bruno’s serve twice over the rest of the set to ship issues to a 3rd set and gained a pair of closely-contested video games to assert a 4-0 lead. Bruno, battling a blister and ache that led to her having each legs taped, clawed again to make it 4-2 and held a 30-0 lead within the subsequent sport, however Sobieski once more rallied. 

That never-say-die mentality earned her a gold medal, the primary by any participant in Muskego program historical past.

“I assumed I attacked her second serve very properly,” Sobieski stated. “I assumed I ran and moved very properly on the court docket. I assumed I prolonged factors very properly, in order that’s how I obtained a few of them.” 

In doubles, Rosentreter and Hammond additionally needed to rally. The Wilmot duo discovered their groove simply in time to come back again within the first set and cruise from there for a 7-5, 6-1 win over Hannah Cady and Anna Lengthy of Arrowhead within the championship.

It was additionally the primary state title for Wilmot, nevertheless it nearly by no means occurred.

Rosentreter, a senior, and Hammond, a sophomore, performed singles your entire season till the convention event rolled round. They have been pulled into head coach Lisa Obertin’s workplace with no thought why.

“She referred to as me into her workplace and I’m like, ‘Oh my God what did I do?’” stated Hammond. 

Mentioned Rosentreter: “We didn’t even discover out we have been taking part in doubles the day of. It was like 5 minutes earlier than we left to play.” 

Protected to say the pairing labored out. 

Hammond and Rosetreter went 7-2. Not solely did they not win their sectional, they didn’t even take second place and wound up because the No. 8 seed at state. 

“I really feel like seeding doesn’t actually matter,” Hammond stated. “It’s what you place in is what you get out of it. Seeds are simply numbers that may make you nervous.” 

The duo may really feel they have been clicking and taking part in their greatest tennis of the season by the second spherical. After they knocked off the top-seeded Homestead staff of Kate Wade and Ellie Sprinkmann within the quarterfinals, they have been formally on a roll. 

Towards Arrowhead, Hammond and Rosentreter trailed, 5-4, within the first set earlier than they started to fly across the court docket making performs.

“We’re each athletic and we don’t simply play tennis,” Rosentreter stated. “We play different sports activities too, so I believe that athleticism is basically what helps us out.” 

They seized management within the second set of the ultimate, profitable the final 4 video games earlier than sealing the deal on their third match level and celebrating with an emotional embrace on the baseline.

“I began getting somewhat teary-eyed on the final sport going into it,” Hammond stated. “I caught myself crying and knew we nonetheless needed to end it.” 

Iderzul took third place whereas Divine Savior Holy Angels freshman Carolyn Schaefer took fifth and Muskego’s No. 2 singles participant Christina Pan was sixth. 

Franklin’s doubles staff of Sophia Dekker and Madelyn Dziubek took third, Wade and Sprinkmann have been fifth and Oconomowoc’s Aubrey Berther and Sarah Kopfer sixth.

Division 2

A yr after falling to the eventual state champion within the second spherical, College Faculty senior Kala Siddalingaiah and junior Rebecca Daskal grew to become the champs at Sports activities Core in Kohler. 

The highest-seeded Siddalingaiah and Daskal didn’t drop a set over their 4 matches, capping off their title with a 7-5, 7-5 win over Xavier’s Kylie McCormick and Bella Taleon. 

Siddalingaiah and Daskal completed the yr with a 19-2 document and gained the Wildcats’ eighth title. 

East Troy’s Sophia Rondeau and Katie Metcalf took fourth place in doubles. Catholic Memorial’s Lauren Carson took fourth place and East Troy’s Lauren Lindow was fifth in singles.

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