Nicole Feltz got what she wanted on Thursday, posting a win at the WIAA State Individual Tennis Tournament.
But it didn’t come easy.
Feltz bounced back from a second-set loss to blitz Kassie Alexander of Waukesha South in a third-set super tiebreaker to claim a 6-4, 2-6, 10-1 win in her match at the state tournament at Nielsen Tennis Center.
“It was really nice for her and a big deal for the coaches, too,” Fondy head coach Heather Schuetz said. “That was such a big match for her.”
Feltz, who missed most of the season because of a broken rib, was knocked out in the second round on Friday by Middleton’s Kaisey Skibba, one of eight placed players in the field.
Against Alexander, Feltz — who had lost in the first round in her two previous state trips — survived the close first set, but couldn’t stay in control and dropped the second.
The super tiebreaker, though, was all Feltz.
The junior led 5-1 at the changeover and then scored the last five points to collect the win.
“She just turned it on. She went right at her,” Schuetz said. “I think (the key) was she had the patience to wait for the right shot and then go after it.”
Feltz took to the court for her second match about five hours after her win and couldn’t keep up with Skibba, who entered the state meet with an 18-0 record.
Feltz lost 6-1, 6-0, struggling with both the after effects of the injury and facing a talented opponent.
“I think it was a combination,” Schuetz said. “(Skibba) just got everything back. A lot of shots that would have been winners against most other opponents, she was able to get back and I think that got a little frustrating for Nicole.”