Kohler girls tennis team closes out a perfect EWC season, sending five to state

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The 2017 Kohler girls tennis team is once again rewriting the record books as they close out another successful season.

The Bombers wrapped up a perfect Eastern Wisconsin Conference season, finishing 9-0 in conference play. This is the team’s second consecutive EWC title, and the fourth title in the past five seasons.

In post season play, the Bombers advanced four flights to the sectional tournament held at Sports Core in Kohler.

In sectional play, the Bombers had an outstanding day of play, qualifying five players for the 2017 WIAA Girls Tennis State Individual Tournament. In the process, the team finished as sectional runner-up in the overall team standings behind University School of Milwaukee. The Bombers are coming off two consecutive years as sectional team champions, earning a trip to the team state tournament each of the past two seasons. The Bombers also finished as sectional runner-up in 2011.

State Qualifiers from left: Olivia Grose, Sarah Sobecki, Elly Udovich, Ava Hoffmann, Shelby Horth. (Submitted photo)

Final sectional team standings…..

USM 52, Kohler 32, Xavier 31, Brookfield Academy 31, Fox Valley Lutheran 21, St. Mary Catholic 16, New London 10, (eleven other teams with fewer than 10 pts).

Sophomore Shelby Horth started the day qualifying for the State Girls Individual Tournament at #1 singles with a 6-4, 6-1 win over New London. She dropped her next two matches to USM (0-6, 0-6) and Xavier (3-6, 2-6) to finish in fourth place. This is Shelby’s second trip to state for the individual tournament. Shelby’s season record stands at 16-13.

Kohler girls tennis team (submitted photo)

Junior Elly Udovich and Freshman Ava Hoffmann qualified for state at #1 doubles with a win over New London 6-0, 6-0. They won their next two matches over Brookfield Academy (6-3, 6-4) and USM (6-4, 6-2) and were crowned sectional champions. This is Elly’s second trip to the Individual State Tournament and her second straight sectional championship. Elly and Ava’s season record is 16-4.

Junior Sarah Sobecki and Sophomore Olivia Grose qualified for state at #2 doubles. Sarah and Olivia needed two straight wins over Xavier (4-6, 6-2, 6-4) and USM (6-4, 6-2) to earn their way to state and to be crowned sectional champions. This is Sarah’s second trip to the Individual State Tournament and her second straight sectional championship. Sarah and Olivia have a 21-6 record.

Sophomore Stephanie Spieth finished in third place in the #4 singles flight. Stephanie beat Fox Valley Lutheran 6-2, 6-1; but fell in the finals to USM 1-6, 2-6. Stephanie ends her season with a 21-5 varsity record.

The Bomber varsity team also includes senior Grace Pellegrino (13-10), juniors Molly Thomack (18-7) and Clara Montes (12-9), and freshmen Erin Pellegrino (15-12) and Nadia Wandschneider (7-4). The Bomber JV squad includes Evie Brohn (4-4), Bailey Campione (5-5), Tess Trueblood (12-4), Grace Unger (3-6), Marcella Senti (11-6), Taylor Sager (7-8), Hannah Shvartsman (6-6), and Molly Hunsucker (7-6).

Season results, individual statistics, photos, and past season statistics on the Kohler Girls Tennis team can be viewed at their website at https://sites.google.com/site/kohlerbomberstennis/ (or Google Kohler Bombers Tennis).

The Bomber players and coaches extend their thanks to all the parents and fans for their support during the season.

Submitted by Coach Brad Hoffmann

A little send-off was held for the girls on October 11:

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