Lady Falcons net stellar season

by Steve Ottman Falls News Correspondent


THE MEMBERS OF THE 2014 Sheboygan Falls High School girls tennis team are (back row, left to right) head coach Leigh Cherveny, Samantha Bilgren, Mia Bartel,Taylor Petrie, Monica Micoliczyk, assistant coach Scott Widder; (middle row) Abby D’Alberto, Rachel Lee, Ellie Roe and Emma Schad; (front row) Shauna Stoffregen, Emily Schaefers. - Submitted photo THE MEMBERS OF THE 2014 Sheboygan Falls High School girls tennis team are (back row, left to right) head coach Leigh Cherveny, Samantha Bilgren, Mia Bartel,Taylor Petrie, Monica Micoliczyk, assistant coach Scott Widder; (middle row) Abby D’Alberto, Rachel Lee, Ellie Roe and Emma Schad; (front row) Shauna Stoffregen, Emily Schaefers. - Submitted photo The 2014 Sheboygan Falls High School girls tennis team finished 13-2 overall and 7-2 in the Eastern Wisconsin Conference to place third behind Kohler and Roncalli.

Kohler scored 57 points, followed by Roncalli, which had 55 and Falls recorded 50.

The Falcons won 87 percent of all team matches and 78 percent of individual matches played during the 2014 campaign. Falls shut out seven teams and placed 6-of-7 flights on the All-EWC team.

“Our varsity was very balanced with little separating one flight from the other,” said second-year head coach Leigh Cherveny. “That consistency and with only one player missing two matches where we won one of two, made for our strong showing this season.”

The No. 1 doubles team of Taylor Petrie and Emma Shad finished with a 10-6 record to place fourth in the EWC.

“Their athletic skills carried them to their record,” Cherveny said. “They were one win from being selected on the second team.

Co-Captain Emily Schaefers and Samantha Bilgrien were 11-5 in the No. 2 doubles flight and were named to the All-EWC third team.

“Both seniors complemented each other in skill sets and had good court coverage and strategy,” Cherveny said.

The No. 3 doubles tandem of Abby D’Alberto and Rachel Lee was 14-2 to claim second team All-EWC accolades.

“D’Alberto’s experience and Rachel’s power serves led to 14-2 record,” Cherveny said.

No. 1 singles player and Co- Captain Shauna Stoffregen posted a 14-3 record. Stoffregen, whose only losses were to the No. 1 and No. 2 seeded players in the state, picked up third team All-EWC honors and was selected as the team’s MVP.

“Shauna is all you could want in an athlete,” Cherveny said. “She works hard and has a passion for the game. She’s most coachable, a good leader and had the toughest match each night.”

In No. 2 singles, Mia Bartel was 13-3 to claim third team All- EWC accolades.

“Mia is the quickest and hardest hitting player on the team,” Cherveny said. “She is a good allcourt player.”

Ellie Roe was 14-2 in the No. 3 singles position. Roe was named second team All-EWC, as well as the team’s Most Improved Player.

“Ellie improved her serve along with stroke consistency, which proved why she was the Most Improved Player,” Cherveny said.

In No. 4 singles, Monica Micoliczyk went 11-3 and picked up second team All-EWC honors.

“Monica continued her tennis skill growth and her work ethic was a significant reason for her accomplishments,” Cherveny said.

Khloe Kuehne posted a 1-1 record in the No. 4 singles slot.

“Khloe was a new player this year,” Cherveny said. “Her serve is her biggest asset”

The junior varsity finished with a 5-2 record. In the JV Tournament, freshman Megan Hand won five matches to win the tournament.

“With 32 players we had great internal competition,” Cherveny remarked. “Our JV players were very inexperienced, but gained in their skill level as the year progressed.”

Cherveny anticipates the experience the new players gained will be beneficial in replacing the six seniors, who have made significant contributions to the SFHS girls tennis program over the past four years.

“Assuming all remains as is, our singles players will move up one position and remaining doubles players will move up two positions,” stated Cherveny. “Our challenge is that everyone will need to grow tennis wise during the next nine months to maintain our fine 31-year record.”


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