APPLETON – The Fond du Lac girls tennis No. 1 doubles team of Annie Hierl and Maddie Bahr is heading to state.
Hierl and Bahr defeated Appleton East’s Roseanne Nooren and Daria Van De Loo 6-4, 6-3 in the first round of Thursday’s WIAA Division 1 sectional meet hosted by Oshkosh West, assuring themselves a spot in Madison.
Hierl and Bahr ended up in fourth place at sectionals, losing their next match to Neenah and falling in the third-place match to Hartford Union.
“They’re playing with confidence,” Fond du Lac coach Joe Sagen said of Hierl and Bahr. “They’re playing really well. They have to adapt a little bit, but overall they’ve been playing really solidly.”
At No. 3 singles, Fond du Lac’s Kellie Hierl ended her season on a positive note — taking third place. Hierl lost to Neenah’s Megan Nasr before bouncing back with a 6-1, 6-3 win over West Bend East’s Kayla Furlano.
“She played very, very well,” Sagen said of Hierl. “She’s an up-and-comer.”
No. 1 singles Melina Zompolas lost 6-0, 6-0 to Oshkosh West’s Emily Edsell in the first round on Thursday.
“She lost her first-round match today, but she was a No. 6 seed coming in from the subsectional and she upset a No. 3 on Tuesday,” Sagen said. “She’s learned a lot this year and she’s a pretty quick study. I can’t say enough about how well she’s play towards the end here.”
Port Washington Invitational: The Fond du Lac girls cross country team finished fourth at Thursday’s Port Washington Invitational.
The Cardinals scored 109 points as a team, behind Pewaukee (58), Slinger and West Bend West.
Annie Moore took fifth place individually with a time of 19 minutes, 45 seconds, just edging teammate Ally Gietzel — who was sixth at 19:46.
Madison Hughes was 12th and Liz Ziegler 15th.
On the boys side, Fond du Lac was 15th with 344 points. Bryton Koepke (17:17) finished in 26th to pace the Cardinals.
West Bend West won the boys race with 39 points.
Campbellsport Invite: The Mayville girls cross country team finished in second place at Thursday’s Campbellsport Invite.
The Cardinals scored 88 points as a team, behind only Winneconne’s 51.
Cecily Hurtienne took fifth place individually with a time of 21:17.90 to pace Mayville. Caitlin Falk was 18th and Katelyn Huizenga 19th.
Campbellsport was seventh as a team with 140 points. Elizabeth Butzke was 16th to lead the Cougars, while Lily Lindgren was just behind her at 17th.
In the boys race, Campbellsport was sixth with 126 points. Levi Feucht (18:33.02) finished ninth individually, while Ike Grahl was 19th.
Brodie Harycki was 16th for Mayville.
Winneconne (46 points) won the boys race as well.
Hortonville 3, Fond du Lac 0: Fond du lac came up just short against Hortonville, falling, 25-27, 21-25, 24-26.
Mollie Tennessen and Emily Thompson each had eight kills for the Cardinals. Thompson also added 11 digs and eight assists.
Lauren Wirtz had 12 digs and Aleigha Mitchell contributed 10 assists.
Hortonville def. Fond du Lac, 27-25, 25-21, 26-24.
Stat Leaders: Fond du Lac— Emily Thompson 8 kills, 11 digs, 8 assists; Mollie Tennessen 8 kills, 2 blocks; Lauren Wirtz 12 digs; Aleigh Mitchell 10 assists, 3 aces; Mariah Krzanowski 2 blocks.
Berlin 5, Campbellsport 1: The Cougars came up empty as the Indians scored all five goals in the second half in an East Central Conference game.