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Five move on to state tennis meet

Kolbow earns No. 4 seed in singles for AHS

Oct. 8, 2012

The WIAA Division 1 sectional last Wednesday at Oconomowoc was a big success for the girls tennis teams from Arrowhead, Kettle Moraine and Oconomowoc. The three schools combined to qualify five entries for this week's state tournament at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison.

Arrowhead advanced three entries, including sophomore Emily Kolbow and freshman Teagan Hipp in singles and the doubles team of senior Abby Kolbow and freshman Kali Flesch.

Kettle Moraine advanced its top doubles team of senior Zoe Roecker and junior Maddie Strunsee to the state meet. Cooney also qualified its top doubles team, juniors Jaclyn Swift and Lindsay Holsen.

Play will begin Thursday at 2 p.m. and continue through Saturday. Action will begin at 8:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

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Roecker and Strunsee (24-7) lost in the sectional to the Homestead duo of Sophia Lococo and Anna Kreynin (30-0). That team is the No. 1 seed in state doubles this year. The KM duo will play Thursday at 3:30 p.m. against the Brookfield East team of seniors Kirstey Lein and Caitlin Behling (11-6). Should they win they would play on Friday at 9:30 a.m.

Roecker will be playing in the state meet for the third year. She advanced to state as a freshman and sophomore before missing last year after suffering a broken leg just prior to the start of the season.

The duo will have one of the 16 seeds.

"It was the obvious goal for Zoe and Maddie this season, and they are excited to be going," KM coach Brett Roecker said.

Though it didn't come with a state berth attached, the No. 3 doubles team of Alyssa Repp and Angela Hoppe came away as sectional champions.

"What a great followup to their conference championship," Roecker said. "Angela and Alyssa found a way to finish the close matches, something they had worked on all season. For two seniors, it was a fantastic way to finish their wonderful tennis careers at KM."

Freshman Emily Behling took third place at No. 2 singles, and Megan Zeier finished third at No. 3, posting the best record on the team at 25-5.

Haley Reynolds fell to the state's top seed in Homestead's Elizabeth Konon at No. 1 singles and finished her season.

Fourth kind

Arrowhead's Abby Kolbow will be playing in the state meet for the fourth straight year, becoming the third player in Arrowhead history to appear in four meets. Last season, her and partner Rachel Bero became the first Arrowhead doubles team ever to advance to the round of eight. Her sister Emily will be playing at the state meet for the second consecutive year. She won her first two matches last year before losing to the eventual state runner-up.

Arrowhead came close to earning a berth in the state team tournament next week. Homestead grabbed that spot at Oconomowoc by winning the sectional with 50 points. AHS was second with 42 points, and Kettle Moraine took third with 30 tallies.

Emily Kolbow (26-4) earned the No. 4 seed in the singles field, the highest seed ever for an Arrowhead player. The highest seeded player ever from the Lake Country area was Kim Plaushines of Kettle Moraine. In 1998 and 1999, Plaushines was seeded first in singles and captured the state championship in 1998. That's the only tennis state championship of any kind for a tennis player from the area.

Emily Kolbow earned a first-round bye and will play her first match at 8:30 a.m. Friday morning.

Hipp (23-8) will play her first match on Thursday at 4 p.m. when she meets Baraboo senior Emma Saiz (16-7). If she wins that match, she'll play at 8:30 a.m. on Friday.

Abby Kolbow and Flesch (21-10) will play on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. when they meet junior Katherine Bosio and senior Emily Glassco (16-8) of Neenah. Should they win that match, they would play again on Friday at 9:30 a.m.

The other two AHS players to appear in four state meets were Jenna Felsher and Katie Reinders. Kolbow played two years at the state meet with Bero and also played one season with Elaine Romenesko.

Hipp earned a special qualifier nod. The rest won the requisite number of matches at the sectional to advance automatically. Abby Kolbow and Flesch took third place, as did Emily Kolbow in their respective flights. Hipp took second at No. 2 singles in the battle for the one and only automatic qualifier at the position, falling to undefeated Mardee Merar or Homestead.

Raccoons move on

Holsen and Swift lost their first match at the sectional but earned special qualifier status. The duo (15-7) plays at 3 p.m. Thursday against Emily Roghan and Taylor Webb of Waterford (6-1).

Junior Audrey Adler lost her first match at No. 1 singles and finished the year 21-10.

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