Lindsey Gosse wasn’t supposed to win her first match in this year’s Division 1 state girls tennis tournament.
But the Sheboygan North junior, who’d advanced to State after compiling a 16-7 record, made relatively short work of Fond du Lac’s Nicole Feltz, who took a 31-1 record and a favored status into the opening-round match. Gosse beat her in sets of 6-4, 6-3.
Then it was on to Middleton’s yet-undefeated freshman, Kaisey Skibba. Gosse edged past her, too, in the state tournament’s second round, before finally bowing out in the third round to eventual fifth-place finisher Mardee Merar, a junior at Mequon’s Homestead High School.
“She played one of the top players in the (state bracket) draw overall,” first-year North girls tennis coach Cathy Pfarrer said in a recent phone interview. “Everybody thought that Nicole Feltz would go on, and Lindsey beat her.”
Gosse, who finished her junior season with an 18-8 record after blazing further into the state tournament than any other Sheboygan-area tennis player this year, is this fall’s Sheboygan Press All-Area Tennis Player of the Year.
“She’s a quiet leader,” Pfarrer said of a player she assuredly predicts will advance to State again next fall. “She leads by example, and she doesn’t need much — she doesn’t need a lot of coaching. She’s very hard on herself, and I think her coaches in the past have been very good with her.
“I think she’s an all-around player,” the coach said. “She’s good at the net, she’s good from the baseline. But the thing that’s amazing about Lindsey is she’s really smart. This year she had the ability to look at her opponent and read her opponent’s weaknesses and take advantage of those.”
* Lindsey Gosse, jr., Sheboygan North (Player of the Year)
* Elizabeth Raeder, jr., Plymouth
* Audra Hoffmann, so., Kohler
* Elyse Gutschow, jr., Kohler
* Jamie Testwuide, sr., and Connor Dlugopolski, sr., Sheboygan North
* Sophia Kiela, sr., and Beth Brisson, jr., Plymouth
* Sarah Leick, sr., and Jessie Dyksterhouse, sr., Kohler