New coach high on young PHS squad

by Greg Ceilley of The Review staff

PLYMOUTH – The Plymouth girls tennis team is very young this season but new head coach Laura Michel sees a lot of potential.

The Panthers return only one letter winner in senior Paige Stoney who played on the No. 2 doubles team last season with Sierra McNeil who graduated. Stoney and McNeil earned All-Eastern Wisconsin Conference honorable mention.

“This season will be a great learning experience for many of our players as they play at the varsity level for the first time. I’ve already seen a vast improvement from day one,” said Michel.

“Many players ask to stay longer than our two-hour practices and even want to practice after allday tournaments. As a first-year coach I couldn’t ask for anything more: a fresh start and the desire to improve.”

The Panthers finished third in the EWC last year and posted a 6-2 league dual record and a 13-10 ___* _- overall mark. Kohler is the defending _ _

EWC champion.

Michel, who replaced Jason Jaeckels, is a 2009 Sheboygan North graduate where she played varsity tennis for four years. In her senior season, she qualified for the Division 1 state tournament at No. 1 doubles. Michel graduated from St. Norbert College in 2013 with a bachelor of arts degree in communications and a minor in journalism.

Michel played tennis in college and her doubles team was a Midwest Conference runner-up in 2010 and 2011.

“My [college] coaches Paul and Carrie Miller were incredible mentors to me,” said Michel.

“The Christian leadership from the college and my coaches truly taught me the importance of achievement and the responsibility that comes with it. This is what inspired me to continue my involvement in the tennis community. It is truly a mission of paying it forward.”

Michel resides in Sheboygan and works in sales for Mountain promotions and vinyl graphics in Oostburg.

Stoney will team with senior Michaela Kelly at No. 1 doubles. Both girls will serve as the team captains.

“Paige’s leadership and experience is a great asset to this young team. Although this is Michaela’s first year on varsity, she has picked up the intensity and leadership necessary to compete at the No. 1 doubles position quite quickly,” said Michel.

“The remainder of our doubles lineup does not have as much experience but continue to amaze me everyday as they pick up more doubles strategies and get to know their partners better.

“Our No. 2 doubles team of junior Madi Heginbottom and senior Katie Trakel are a great team. They play like friends on the court, remaining positive throughout a match’s ups and downs. “Junior Ella Harpstead is another great potential in this position with Madi. These girls continue to want to improve and earn this position. It’s still too early in the season to be certain,” said the coach.

“Our freshman No. 3 doubles duo of Kayla Prahl and Kaylee Woelfel may lack the experience that returning varsity letter winners may have but they continue to communicate well on the court, make great plays and hit volley winners.

“I see great potential in our singles lineup as well. Sophomores Cassandra Nicholson [No. 1] and Scarlet Simenz {No. 2] lead the lineup and have shown great potential playing against tough competition.

“Their technical skill will help them greatly throughout the season as they improve their mental toughness strategies that are so necessary in top singles play. Cassandra has a calm and collected way about her game which will serve her very well in tight matches,” said Michel.

“Scarlet has some great weapons – her serve being one that has helped propel her in some tough matches already this season.

“Our Nos. 3 and 4 singles players, juniors Danielle Wiese and Marry Addy, are athletic tennis players. Danielle’s focus and desire to win will be a huge asset at the No. 3 singles position this year.

“Mary is a similar player. She moves well on the court and makes some incredible gets. Her positive attitude is another great asset. She hustles until the very last point,” observed Michel.

Aug. 18 – @ Wauwatosa E. Invite (V)
Aug. 19 – @ Wauwatosa E. Invite (V)
Aug. 19 – @ Sheb. North JV Invite
Aug. 22 – @ Fond du Lac Quad.
Aug. 25 – @ GB Southwest Tourney
Aug. 26 – @ GB Southwest Tourney
Aug. 26 – Kiel (JV), here
Aug. 28 – Manitowoc Roncalli, here
Sept. 4 – @ Sheboygan Falls
Sept. 6 – @ Hartford JV Invite
Sept. 9 – Two Rivers, here
Sept. 11 – @ Kewaskum
Sept. 16 – Waupun, here
Sept. 18 – @ Kewaunee
Sept. 23 – Kiel, here
Sept. 25 – @ Kohler
Sept. 27 – @ Hartford Invite (Var.)
Oct. 2 – Chilton, here
Seniors – Michaela Kelly, *Paige
Stoney and Katie Trakel.
Juniors – Mary Addy, Ella Harpstead, Madi Heginbottom and Danielle
Sophomores – Cassandra Nicholson and Scarlet Simenz.
Freshmen – Kayla Prahl and Kaylee Woelfel.
R_e_tu_r_n_in_g_ le_t_te_r_ w_i_ n_e_r._____

Most recent cover pages:

Copyright 2009-2018 The Plymouth Review, All Rights Reserved

Contact Information

113 E. Mill St., Plymouth WI 53073
Local: 920-893-6411 Toll Free: 1-877-467-6591
Fax: 920-893-5505

Trilling True Value