Lady Falcons continue court success

by Steve Ottman Falls News Correspondent


MEMBERS OF THE 2015 Sheboygan Falls High School girls tennis team included Mia Bartel, Amy Brading, Kim Dean, Carissa Dekanich, Marissa Guenther, Sydney Federer, Megan Hand, Klohie Kuehne, Hailey Kvindlog, Allison Lee, Rachel Lee, Monica Micoliczyk, Ellie Roe, Brianna Van Wyk, assistant coach Scott Widder and head coach Leigh Cherveny. - Photo courtesy of Harmann Photography MEMBERS OF THE 2015 Sheboygan Falls High School girls tennis team included Mia Bartel, Amy Brading, Kim Dean, Carissa Dekanich, Marissa Guenther, Sydney Federer, Megan Hand, Klohie Kuehne, Hailey Kvindlog, Allison Lee, Rachel Lee, Monica Micoliczyk, Ellie Roe, Brianna Van Wyk, assistant coach Scott Widder and head coach Leigh Cherveny. - Photo courtesy of Harmann Photography Coming into the 2015 season, the Sheboygan Falls High School girls tennis team didn’t anticipate repeating its success from last year.

Nevertheless, the Falls squad finished 13-2 overall and claimed a third place finish in the Eastern Wisconsin Conference with a 9-2 record for the second straight season.

“Following last year’s 13-2 record and losing 5 of 6 doubles players, who were all-conference, along with a top 30 D-2 No. 1 singles player, we didn’t anticipate repeating that record,” said Falcons’ head coach Leigh Cherveny.

“We knew our 1-3 singles players would be strong and keep us in matches, however, our doubles teams and a strong No. 4 singles player were major questions,” he said.

The Falcons had two returning doubles letterwinners, Rachel Lee and Klohie Kuehne, along with JV players that had about .500 records or better last season.

“I credit them for the work they put in,” Cherveny said. “Allison Lee, a freshman at No. 4 singles, had a very nice year.”

The Falcons record was good because of key wins from a variety of players that provided a number of team victories in tight matches.

Cherveny noted some of the key wins for the season, which included the following matches.

No. 3 singles player Monica Micoliczyk had a three-set win against Grafton. Rachel Lee and Kuehne recorded a three-set win against St. Mary Springs and Allison Lee and Carissa Dekanich posted a three-set win against Ripon.

Falls No. 1 singles senior Mia Bartel and No. 2 singles junior Ellie Roe advanced to the state tournament.

Roe won at the sectional meet and Bartel qualified for state as a sectional finalist. Both girls were eliminated in the first round of the state tournament.

“It was great to get two girls to state,” Cherveny remarked. “We have been close with boys and girls last year, so it was great to get back there.”

Cherveny feels through the efforts of former coaches Sandy Cherveny (29 years) and Jamie Flagsted, along with three years from assistant coach Scott Widder, winning has been an outcome of a successful process that has incorporated a mission involving setting goals and providing feedback, rewards and support.

“The major objective is to make learning tennis and its related responsibilities fun,” stated Cherveny. “The results of these girls show the results of the talents that they possess.”

Falls letterwinners included: Bartel, Kuehne, Micoliczyk, Lydia Carroll, Alysa De Fere, Rachel Graymont-Lee, Roe, Amy Brading, Kim Dean, Dekanich, Sydney Federer, Maryssa Guenther, Megan Hand, Hailey Kvindlog, Brianna Van Wyk and Allie Lee.

Falls had four All-EWC selections, including Bartel (No. 1 singles, third team), Roe (No. 2 singles, first team), Micoliczyk (No. 3 singles, third team) and Allison Lee (No. 44 singles, third team).

Bartel was selected as the Falcons Most Valuable Player. The team’s Most Improved was Roe and the JV Tournament Champ was Jessie Barger in four matches.

Looking ahead to 2016, the Falcons will miss three players, Bartel, Micoliczyk and Kuehne, who compiled over 35 match wins.

“We probably will be stronger with our doubles lineup due to experience and growth from our JVs,” Cherveny remarked. “Our challenge will come at singles. Roe will be one of the better players in conference and assuming Allison Lee moves up to two, we will need two more positions to be filled.”

Cherveny expressed his thanks for the support from the school district for the improved facilities, the administration and maintenance staff for their support, as well as the parents and fans.


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