Falls drops Plymouth

by Steve Ottman Falls News Correspondent

MIA BARTEL of Sheboygan Falls prepares to hit a backhand, during a recent girls tennis match in Sheboygan Falls. - Falls News photo by Steve Ottman MIA BARTEL of Sheboygan Falls prepares to hit a backhand, during a recent girls tennis match in Sheboygan Falls. - Falls News photo by Steve Ottman The Sheboygan Falls High School girls tennis team swept all four singles matches to roll past Eastern Wisconsin Conference foe Plymouth 6-1 Thursday, Sept. 4, in Sheboygan Falls.

With the victory, Falls improves to 3-1 in the Eastern Wisconsin Conference (7-1 overall) to complete the first half of the regular season.

Falls’ Shauna Stoffregen blanked her opponent in two sets. Mia Bartel tallied a two-set win, while Ellie Roe and Monica Micolyczyk remained undefeated with easy wins.

The Falls doubles teams of Emily Schaefers and Samantha Bilgrien and Abby D’Albert and Rachel Lee each picked up two set wins.

“It was very satisfying to earn a win over Plymouth,” said Falcons’ head coach Leigh Cherveny. “We have always had a friendly rivalry, but for at least the previous five years, both the boys and girls programs haven’t had a team win.”

The Falcons’ singles players continued to lead the way, allowing only eight games in eight sets in straight set victories.

“Roe has worked hard on her game,” Cherveny said. “Last year her strengths were her ground strokes and return of serve. This summer her serve has become a weapon as well. With that, we moved her to singles where she has been impressive.”

The Falcons doubles teams have also played well in some tighter matches.

The No. 3 doubles team of D’Alberto and Lee have only one loss and have been a solid team that seems to be improving each match.

Falls singles players turned in another strong effort as the Falcons toppled Sussex Hamilton 5-2 in a non-conference dual meet Friday, Sept. 5.

Stoffregen rallied to win 2-1 in three sets, while Bartel, Roe and Micolyczyk each won in two sets. In addition, the doubles team of Alberto and Lee was also victorious.

Cherveny commented that even though Falls beat Plymouth, he didn’t think the team played with high emotion

However, the following night against Sussex Hamilton, the Falcons’ players, perhaps because of their win versus Plymouth, exhibited the best team play of the season.

Hamilton has 52 players on its tennis team and is well balanced overall, which showed in a meet that featured long matches.

The longest match was at No. 1 singles, which went three sets and lasted 2.5 hours. During the hard-fought match, Stoffregen and Shanna Mogden of Sussex Hamilton had rallies lasting 30 strokes.

“Stoffregen was quick and hit with a great amount of topspin and speed,” remarked Cherveny. “The difference in the match was her recognizing the semi-western grip deficiencies from Mogden that didn’t change on short/low balls.”

Stoffregen has only one loss in the year and is another player who has advanced since last season.

Cherveny indicated her improvements have been in groundstroke direction, serve placement, adaptability to her opponent and service speed.



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