The WIAA State Girls Tennis Meet wasn’t kind to most of the area athletes that competed in the October tournament. But for Audra Hoffmann, the Sheboygan Press All-Area Girls Tennis Player of the Year, it was where the Kohler junior earned one of her highest honors to date.
En route to winning a medal with a sixth-place finish in the Division 2 singles field, the three-time qualifier and No. 4 seed began the tournament with a first-round bye after posting a 25-5 record entering the meet. In her first match, the Kohler captain defeated Eau Claire Regis senior Amy Sacia 6-2, 6-1.
Then it was on to Brookfield Academy junior and No. 5 seed Michelle Sikes. The eventual fourth-place finisher defeated Hoffmann 6-4, 7-5 and sent the Blue Bombers’ No. 1 singles player to the fifth-place bracket.
There, on Day 2 of the tournament, Hoffmann advanced to the fifth-place match with a come-from-behind win over The Prairie School junior Annie Zlevor.
Zlevor won the match’s opening set 6-4, but Hoffmann rebounded to take 6-1 and 6-2 wins in the next two sets before losing in the fifth-place match to Claire Czerwonkaby of Kenosha St. Joseph.
“(Audra) had set a goal for herself before the season began to get a medal and get on the podium and she achieved that, and as her father and coach that was really what I wanted to see her do,” Kohler coach Brad Hoffmann said. “In her eyes and my eyes she had a great season.”
Upon completing her season, Hoffmann was awarded an All-Eastern Wisconsin Conference second-team selection at No. 1 singles. She additionally helped the Blue Bombers win their second EWC team title and earn runner-up status at their sectional.
“It was by far the most successful season Kohler girls tennis has ever had and the most successful season Audra has ever had,” Hoffmann said.