Panthers fall shy in ECC dual opener

The Plymouth Panthers opened their first East Central Conference girls tennis dual season with a close battle against host Kewaskum Thursday afternoon.

The meet came down to the doubles matches in which the Indians won two of the three to eke out a 4-3 win. Three of the matches in the dual went three sets, with Kewaskum winning two of them.

The Panthers’ winners on the day included Scarlet Simenz and Drew Krablean at Nos. 2 and 4 singles, respectively, and the No. 2 doubles team of Kayla Prahl and Kaylee Woelfel.

Prahl and Woelfel bounced back from a 6-7 loss in the first set (Kewaskum won the tiebreaker, 8-6) to win 6-4, 6-3 and earn the victory.

“It was an exciting match with many ups and downs. The level of effort was outstanding,” said Panther head coach Laura Michel.

“Kayla Prahl and Kaylee Woelfel really dug deep to pull that match out and stepped up their game to put out a very dominant third set. It was a great performance and key win for them.

“Our No. 3 doubles and No. 3 singles also put forth incredible tennis in their matches which unfortunately did not go in our favor but it was not for a lack of effort,” said Michel.

“At No. 2 singles, Scarlet Simenz also played one of the best matches I have seen her play and her dominance in the match really set the stage for the matches around her.

“Even the matches which did not go in our favor were close and well-fought at each level of our team,” Michel observed.

The Panthers won 11 of the 13 junior varsity matches. Plymouth’s singles winners were Kate Williams, Maitland Robinson, Emma Hellmer and Katie Benedict.

The following PHS players were on winning doubles teams: Ashley Batzmer, Carly Lilek, Sam Meyer, Katie Pocian, Lilly Seifert, Lexi Lautenschlaeger, Brooke Ingersoll, Esma Karlanlig and Hannah Markant.

FDL QUAD, TOURNEY

The Panthers opened their season in a quadrangular Aug. 21 at Fond du Lac. PHS finished 0-3 in dual play – falling to Oshkosh North (6-1), Hartford (7-0) and Fond du Lac (7-0).

The only win for PHS in the meet was by the No. 2 doubles team of Prahl and Woelfel, 6-1, 6-1, versus North.

PHS competed in the Green Bay Southwest Tournament Aug. 24-25. The Panthers placed 15th in the 16-team field with a 1-3 dual mark. PHS defeated Wausau West (5-2) and lost to Southwest (7-0), Kenosha Tremper (7-0) and Green Bay Preble (6-1).

Woelfel and Prahl had the Panthers’ best record in the tourney at 2-2.


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