The Wausau East girls tennis team didn’t want a repeat of last year’s Wisconsin Valley Conference tournament, but D.C. Everest’s Gabi Kitchell did.
Both the Lumberjacks and Kitchell got their wish as East won its second Valley crown in three years, while Kitchell claimed her second straight No. 1 singles title.
East racked up 101 points, 31 from Thursday’s tournament, held at Wausau East and Wausau West high schools, and 70 from going 6-0 in the dual meet portion of the conference to easily outdistance the rest of the field.
“It means a lot to us because it was our goal to win as a team and as a doubles team after losing by two points last year,” said East’s No. 1 doubles player Caroline Krolicki. “I think we were all ready to play, and hungry to win it this year.”
Krolicki and her partner, Mallory Wanserski, won both of their matches in straights sets, including a 6-2, 6-0 win over the Wisconsin Rapids duo of Liz Hintz and Teresa Gloskowsky in the championship.
“We were serving well today and we hit a lot of powerful overheads,” Wanserski. “We were able to put points away when we got the chance.”
Kitchell, meanwhile, gave up just two games in two matches to win her second straight WVC title.
“It feels good knowing that I’ve won two Valley titles and I’m only a sophomore and have two more chances to win more,” said Kitchell, who beat Marshfield’s Nadeen Liebermann 6-2, 6-0 in the finals. “I played a lot of tennis in the offseason to be ready to try and win again this year.”
Tournament team scores: 1. Wausau East 31; 2. SPASH 21; 3. Wisconsin Rapids 20; 4. Marshfield 18; 5. Wausau West 15; 6. D.C. Everest 12; 7. Merrill 9.
Final team standings: 1. Wausau East 101; 2. SPASH 79; 3. Wisconsin Rapids 68; 4.Marshfield 60; 5. Wausau West 47; 6. Merrill 39; D.C. Everest 26.
Singles: No. 1 – Championship: Gabi Kitchell (DCE) def. Nadeen Lieberman (MA) 6-2, 6-0; 3rd place: Kelli Miles (WE) def. Hanah Champion (SP) 6-2, 6-3. No. 2 – Championship: Erin Lemmer (WE) def. Tessa Arendt (WR) 6-2, 6-3; 3rd place; Sydney Snoeynbos (WW) def. Samantha Suomi (SP) 6-2, 6-2. No. 3 – Championship: Anna Baumann (WE) def. Allison Brost (WR) 6-1, 6-0; 3rd place: Lara Prebble (MA) def. Annie DeBroux (ME) 6-1, 6-2. No. 4 – Championship: Michaela Gunseor (WW) def. Claudia Schoeb (WE) 6-4, 6-2.
Doubles: No. 1 – Caroline Krolicki/Mallory Wanserski (WE) def. Liz Hintz/Teresa Glodosky (WR) 6-2, 6-0; 3rd: Michelle Brandt/Kate Peterson (WW) def. Erin Ott/Jenny Maddsen (6-4, 6-7 (12-10), 6-2. No. 2 – Championship: Kate Vruwink/Sarah Stauner (WR) def. Kauyer Lor/Allie McGreaham (SP), 6-4, 6-4; 3rd: Olivia Nass/Carissa Meyer (WE) def. Karina Baacke/Morgan Thompson (ME) 7-5, 6-4; No. 3 – Championship: Zoe Hoche/Juliet Champion (SP) def. Olivia Haessly/Emily Seidel (MA) 6-4, 6-4; 3rd place: Kali Sather/Katie Maahs (WE) def. Amanda Lietzke/Ashley Ollhoff (ME) 5-7, 7-5, 7-6 (7-5).