Muskego stringing up rackets for state
Warriors send four players through to state for first time
Muskego - That sense that "this team might be special" certainly came to fruition.
The Musekgo girls tennis team sent a school-record six entrants to sectional and four players onward to the WIAA Division 1 individual state meet after a superb showing at the Greenfield sectional Oct. 4. The two singles players and one doubles team play Thursday at Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison.
"I knew before the season started this team was going to be special; I anticipated that this was going to be the strongest team I ever coached and maybe even the strongest team to ever play for Muskego," coach Sue Vogel said. "To place third behind Nicolet and Whitefish Bay and ahead of Franklin and Greendale is quite an accomplishment. Sending four girls to state is also a first for Muskego. I am so proud of the team and all their hard work that made this season possible."
The top team at the sectional (Nicolet) advanced to the team portion of the state meet, as expected.
At No. 1 singles, Amy Upthagrove posted her biggest win to date by topping Nicolet's Emily Mone, 7-6, 6-3, and she wound up taking second at the sectional behind Whitefish Bay's Lily Hayes. Top-four finishers at No. 1 flights advance to state automatically.
"I knew Amy could do it," Vogel said. "I just had a feeling this was going to be her best year yet."
Upthagrove also received one of the top 16 seeds in the singles draw, with the top eight slotted individually and the next eight considered in no particular order. Upthagrove is in the latter group.
But she wasn't the only one procuring the best win of her career. At No. 2 singles, Emily Kleist defeated Asia Butler of Bay, 1-6, 6-4, 6-3 to reach the final at the sectionals. Though she ultimately fell to Nina Gerard for the flight title, she received special qualifier status for the state meet.
"After losing the first set 1-6, Emily was more determined than ever to pull out the match," Vogel said. "Instead of thinking defeat, she was plotting her path to victory."
In doubles, Alison Lambrecht and Natalie Radloff fell in the first round in three sets to a team from Whitefish Bay but also netted a special qualifier.
"That was a heartbreaker for us," Vogel said. "We had the pressure of knowing this match could send us to state as well as the pressure of playing a Whitefish Bay team. It looked like we were on our way after winning the first set but we could not continue the intensity of play."
Kristen Kubel took third place at No. 4 singles, winning a three-setter and closing her first varsity season in style. The No. 2 doubles unit of Julie Dusold and Elizabeth Jacoby took third after a three-set win, and Morgan Scholfield and Jessica Klamecki won a match at No. 3 doubles before taking third.
A look at Muskego entrants at the state tennis meet, taking place at Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison:
Amy Upthagrove (25-4) vs. Lauren Miketinac, Green Bay Preble (19-8), 2 p.m. Thursday
Emily Kleist (20-3) vs. Sydney Wolfe, Eau Claire Memorial (27-5), 4:30 p.m. Thursday
Alison Lambrecht and Natalie Radloff (6-5) vs. Dibet Wilkinson and Lauren Weise, Cedarburg (13-8), 3:30 p.m. Thursday
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