STEVENS POINT – A great season got even better for the Stevens Point Area Senior High girls tennis team on their home courts Thursday.
SPASH is believed to have made Wisconsin Valley Conference history with a 7-0 win over D.C. Everest to seal an unbeaten run through the conference dual meet season.
Not only did they finish the Valley dual meet season with a 42-0 record, but the Panthers did not drop a set in any of the 42 matches.
“Without being arrogant, I think the kids wanted to sweep the Valley,” SPASH coach Gary Baier said. “It’s probably never happened, so it’s a small but fun slice of history.
“I was especially impressed with all three doubles teams,” he added. “They are getting better every day. The No. 1 team was on fire.”
Juliet Champion and Jaide Barber teamed up for a dominating 6-1, 6-1 win over the Evergreens’ tandem of Ryanne Wolfe and Megan Ninnemann at the top double spot.
SPASH’s top three singles players — in order Emily Luetschwager, Sabrina Tang and Lily Firkus — all won their matches without dropping a game.
Singles: No. 1 – Emily Luetschwager (SPASH) def. Nicole Williams, 6-0, 6-0; No. 2 – Sabrina Tang (SPASH) def. Emily Adams, 6-0, 6-0; No. 3 – Lily Firkus (SPASH) def. Jayden Richards, 6-0, 6-0; No. 4 – Suzie DeBot (SPASH) def. Heather Kraemer, 6-1, 6-1.
Doubles: No. 1 – Juliet Champion/Jaide Barber (SPASH) def. Ryanne Wolfe/Megan Ninnemann, 6-1, 6-1; No. 2 – Kayla Stutesman/Madison DeBot (SPASH) def. Kaylee Heiting/Kate Welton, 6-0, 6-1; No. 3 – Emily Meier/Kaylee Bourneau (SPASH) def. Cassidy Gennermann/Taylor Brzeniski, 6-3, 6-4.
EAGLE RIVER – Wisconsin Rapids’ Cierra Botcher was the No. 1 champion and winning the No. 5 spot was Jessica Barber of Stevens Point Area Senior High.
The Clover Valley Golf League wrapped up its season at Pine Valley Golf Course Thursday. Each school’s players were split 1-5 according to their conference finish. The lowest score was the champion for each group.
Botcher shot a 44 to win the top flight, Megan Pokrandt of Regis won No. 2 with a 42, Allison Raffetto of Stanley-Boyd on No. 3 with a score of 46, Julia Post also of S-B was tops at No. 4 with a 48 and Barber shot a 50 to win No. 5.
SPASH: Brook Tuszka 44, Mary McDonald 47, Abbie Ter Maat 48, Barber 50, Kelsey Shuda 51.
Marshfield: Jordyn Fitzgerald 43, Ana Jensen 45, Patty Bloczynski 57, Roma Shah 64.
Wis. Rapids: Botcher 44; Emily Strangfeld 57, Reese Houston 61, Madison Strangfeld 61.
D.C. Everest: Claire Tomczik 56, Mariah Larson 58, Olivia Ping 59, Jenny Kehoe 62, Hannah Koepke 62.
MARATHON – Morgan Rachu had 12 assists and 11 digs to lead the Raiders to a nonconference sweep over the Cardinals, 25-12, 25-18, 25-15.
Julia Anderson had five kills and 11 assists, while Olivia Meurette had five kills and six aces and Kennedy Ringle had five kills to round out the Marathon stat leaders.
D.C. Everest 3,
WESTON – Ally Miklesh handed out 20 assists and Kayla Lass helped out with 18 digs, but the Panthers fell to the Evergreens in three tough games 29-27, 25-19, 25-22 in Wisconsin Valley Conference action.
Stephanie Chizzo paced the hitting attack with eight kills and she had four block assists, while Rachel Sullivan finished with a .440 hitting percentage.
“The intensity was real nice to see,” said SPASH coach Elizabeth Momont, whose team fell to 2-4 in the Valley. “We’ve been working on that. Our communication has gotten much better, so it’s always nice to see some things we’re working on in practice show up in the matches.
“We’re right on the edge and hopefully we’ll take that with us into the (WVC) tournament this weekend.”
Marion 3, Almond-Bancroft 0
ALMOND – Michaela Wallace collected five digs, four kills and dished out four assists, but the Eagles came up short in a 25-9, 25-18, 25-18 Central Wisconsin Conference-10 setback to the Mustangs.
Brianna Borski keyed the defense with eight digs, while Catie Schmidt helped out with five blocks and two kills. Abby Ciesewski added three kills.
Wild Rose 3,
ROSHOLT – Bre Richter had 12 kills and Emily Rink added 13 assists, but the Hornets couldn’t hang on to their undefeated streak in the Central Wisconsin Conference-10, falling to the undefeated Wildcats.
Amber Bianco contributed 7 kills in the loss.
Record: 12-3, 5-1 CWC-10.
McDonell/Regis 4, Pacelli 2
CHIPPEWA FALLS – Trevor Glodowski notched a pair of goals, but his bid for a potential tying third goal late in regulation hit the right post and the Cardinals eventually got doubled up by McDonell/Regis.
Pacelli took a 2-1 lead into halftime thanks to the efforts of keeper Chris Jensen, who finished with 13 saves.
First half: 1. P, Trevor Glodowski, 6:48; 2. M/R, Mike Hoffman, 10:19; 3. P, Glodowski, 29:53.
Second half: 4. M/R, Austin Erickson, 46:47; 5. M/R, Erickson (Zach Yango), 80:24; 6. M/R, Yango (Adam Erickson) 86:17.
Saves: Pacelli (Chris Jensen) 13; McDonell/Regis (Scotty Wild) 3.
Records: Pacelli: 7-5-2; McDonell/Regis 9-4-1.