Neenah Rockets second at state team tennis
MADISON - The Neenah girls’ tennis team advanced to the WIAA State Team Tennis championship match for the third consecutive year Saturday.
Unlike the 2015 season, when the Rockets won their first state team championship, the 2016 season ended in disappointment as the Rockets fell to Homestead 4-3 at Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison to finish second.
The Rockets won two-of-three doubles matches but only one of the four singles matches against Homestead.
Neenah’s lone singles win was posted by Hannah Dorsey at No. 3. Kiki Risgaard and Christina Price won at No. 1 doubles after winning the state doubles title last weekend at the individual state tournament, and Mairin Kearny and Ava Asbury won their match at No. 3 doubles.
It is the fifth time Neenah (15-4) has finished runner-up for the team title. The previous second-place finishes came in 1983, 1986, 2000 and 2014.
It was the sixth title for the Highlanders and the first since 2012, which was the last year of five-year string of championships.
Neenah had advanced to the championship match with a 5-2 win over Eau Claire Memorial in the semifinals earlier in the day, splitting the singles matches and sweeping the double competition.
Edgewood (18-0) wins its second consecutive team championship in Division 2 and its third in the last four seasons. The Crusaders rolled to a 7-0 triumph over Regis (23-6) in the title match.
HOMESTEAD 4, NEENAH 3
Katya Mikhailenko H def. Anna Beyer 6-2, 6-4; Andie Weise H def. Jordyn Lawatsch 6-3, 7-5; Hannah Dorsey N def. Natalie Yang 4-6, 6-4, 6-4; Jamie Gebhardt H def. Ellie Callahan 3-6, 6-1, 6-1.
Kiki Risgaard/Christina Price N def. Frankie Lalonde/Sasha Shapsis 6-1, 6-3; Alyssa Boyer/Bridget Brown H def. Grace Hackinson/Amanda Dorsey 6-2, 6-3; Mairin Kearny/Ava Asbury N def. Helen Watkins/Grace Crowley 6-4, 7-5.
NEENAH 5, EAU CLAIRE MEMORIAL 2
Catherine Lindsay ECM def. Anna Beyer 6-2, 3-6, 10-4; Jordyn Lawatsch N def. Sierra Auleta 6-3, 6-3; Hannah Dorsey N def. Isabelle Thapar 6-3, 6-1; Lindsey Mueller ECM def. Ellie Callahan 6-2, 6-4.
Kiki Risgaard/Christina Price N def. Emily Pepperl/Devon Bourget 6-4, 7-6 (1); Grace Hackinson/Amanda Dorsey N def. Mia Emberson/Emily Winzenz 6-1, 6-2; Mairin Kearny/Ava Asbury N def. Madison Etzel/Mary Obias 6-2, 6-1.