Panthers’ Stanczyk, Raeder All-EWC first team

Senior Steph Stanczyk and junior Marisa Raeder of Plymouth were named to the All-Eastern Wisconsin Conference girls tennis first team for the 2009 season.

Stanczyk was selected at No. 1 singles and Raeder, No. 3 singles, after posting league-best 9-0 records at their positions. Raeder played in just her first tennis season.

The Panthers have three second-team selections – junior Rachel Eggert at No. 2 singles with an 8-1 EWC mark; sophomore Lizzy Stanczyk and junior Amanda Gumm, No. 1 doubles, 8-1; and junior Lauren Schwalenberg and senior Maddy Nesemann at No. 3 doubles with an 8-1 record.

PHS freshman Sophia Kiela earned third-team honors at No. 4 singles and was 7-2 in the league.

“Steph was our captain, MVP [most valuable player] and definitely the leader of our team,” said Panther head coach Tom Pederson.

“A very athletic girl with a lot of tennis experience. She is a tenacious player that never gives up. She is a senior and we will miss her dearly.”

Stanczyk lost only five games in EWC play.

“Marisa is in such marvelous condition that she surprises many with her stamina,” Pederson pointed out.

“She also worked very hard on her game and she gave us a strength we didn’t expect at the beginning of the year. We look forward to her returning and playing even better next year.

“Rachel has a never-give-up attitude that allows her to outlast many of her opponents. She works very hard to improve her game and that shows in the results.

“We look forward to her returning next year to help lead us.

“Amanda was another first- year junior who came to us with no experience. Her development over the year was absolutely phenomenal,” the coach observed.

“She is an excellent athlete with a very good work ethic.

“Lizzy was the experienced leader of this doubles team and accepted that role beautifully. She is also an excellent athlete. The pair meshed very well which helped to explain why they had so much success. We look forward to having both of them back again next year.”

The duo’s only conference loss was to Manitowoc Roncalli’s Elissa Halla and Natalie Foster who won the Division 2 state doubles title.

“Lauren and Maddy were our biggest surprise. Their improvement over the season was really something to behold,” the coach said.

“They learned to play with discipline and control. Maddy is a senior and will be missed next year.

“Lauren will return and we look forward to her continued development. She should contribute greatly to our team.

“Sophia was our freshman on the varsity. She started with no experience and improved dramatically over the year,” Pederson noted.

“She was very coachable and I expect her to contribute a great deal to the team next year. She is an excellent athlete which helped her develop rapidly.”

League champion Roncalli, which was 9-0 in dual meets, had an EWC-high five first-team picks. PHS finished second in the league at 8-1.

The rest of the All-EWC players include:
1. Second team – Elizabeth Kunzi, Manitowoc Roncalli; third – Marissa Bartel, Sheboygan Falls.
2. First team – Jane Salutz, Roncalli; third – Mackenzie Schnell, Falls.
3. Second team – Michelle Chiu, Roncalli; third – Jaime Kelling, Falls.
4. First team – Sophie Pitz, Roncalli; second – Haley Groelle, Two Rivers.
1. First team – Elissa Halla-Natalie Foster, Roncalli; third – Kara Saemann-Jenna Peters, Kohler.
2. First team – Abby Halla-Emily Halverson, Roncalli; second – Hannah Juza-Nicole Rezachek, Two Rivers; third –
Mary Molepske-Alex Mauer, Kohler.
2. First – Rachel Brotz-Nicole Schrimpf, Roncalli; third – Shelby Homiston-__________________________L_ogan Willis, Kohler.

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