The Tremper girls tennis team won two doubles titles in a WIAA Division-1 sectional at Tremper on Wednesday, while Indian Trail also advanced its No. 1 singles player to the State Meet.
Tremper senior Olivia Valentine and junior Naomi Donkor claimed the No. 1 doubles sectional championship, while Tremper seniors Kara Clark and Bri Pacetti did so at No. 2 doubles.
At No. 1 singles, meanwhile, Indian Trail freshman Lainy Ristau won her third-place match.
The top four finishers at No. 1 singles and doubles and the top finisher at No. 2 singles and doubles from each sectional advanced to the State Individual Meet, scheduled for Oct. 17-19 at Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison.
Kenosha County teams advanced a total of 15 flights to Wednesday’s sectional from Monday’s subsectional — also held at Tremper —but just three flights captured automatic state berths.
However, a maximum of 16 additional singles players and doubles teams that didn’t automatically qualify from sectionals will be added to the state field as selected by the State Seeding Committee, so more county players can sill get in.
In the meantime, five players made sure there would be no doubt.
At No. 1 doubles, Valentine and Donkor secured their state berth with a 6-0, 6-0 sectional quarterfinal blanking of Brookfield Central seniors Chandra Chouhan and Niki Vanselow.
But they weren’t done.
Valentine and Donkor notched a 6-3, 7-5 semifinal win over New Berlin Eisenhower seniors Suzanne Bian and Cindy Liu and claimed the sectional title with a 6-2, 6-1 defeat of Brookfield East seniors Pyper Scullen and Savannah Kohler.
“(They) were in control most of the day,” Tremper coach Tom Pacetti said. “They played extremely well and looked like a team that could make a deep run at the state tournament.
“Olivia is an extremely smart player who has all the tools. Naomi brings the power and shot-making ability. When they are both playing well, they can beat anyone in the state.”
At No. 2 doubles, a pair of county duos advanced to the title match with an automatic state bid on the line.
Clark and Pacetti defeated Brookfield East seniors Callie Coakley and Isabelle Phan, 6-4, 6-3.
On the other side of the bracket, Central seniors Kenna Beth and Paige Wysiatko defeated Eisenhower freshmen Ava Meyer and Maia Samuelson, 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, to advance to the finals.
There, Clark and Pacetti beat Beth and Wysiatko in a tight match, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.
Tom Pacetti was impressed with the fight the Central duo showed throughout that match.
“They put a lot of balls in play and make it very difficult to put balls away,” he said. “We needed to stay patient and consistent and wait for the right ball to finish the points.”
In the No. 1 singles draw, Ristau snagged her first state berth in her opening match Wednesday by defeating Eisenhower senior Alison Schaper, 6-3, 6-1, in the sectional quarterfinal.
In the semifinals, Brookfield Central senior Elianne Del Campo edged Ristau, 2-6, 6-1, 11-9, but Ristau came back to win the third-place match over Brookfield East senior Lizzie Adams, 6-4, 6-0.
In other third-place singles matches, Bradford junior Holly Valentine claimed third place at the sectional with a 6-0, 6-4 defeat of Indian Trail freshman Srisupraja Kandrakota at No. 4.
At No. 3 doubles, Tremper freshmen Katelyn Rocha and Lucia Ricker won their third-place match over Bradford juniors Abby Cecchi and Hayden Kozmer, 3-6, 6-2, 6-4.
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