Panthers win four medals at Kohler Invite

The Plymouth Panthers earned four medals in the Kohler Bomber Invitational girls tennis tournament Aug. 15.

The meet, which was added to the Panthers’ schedule, was their season opener. PHS finished fourth in the eight-team tourney. PHS finished fourth in the eightteam tourney which was won by Kohler.

Winning medals for PHS were Ashley Batzner and Lexi Schaub, third at No. 3 doubles; Amanda Krueger, fourth, No. 3 singles; Kaylee Woelfel and Kayla Prahl, fifth at No. 1 doubles; and Drew Krablean, fifth at No. 4 singles.

PHS had three flights who won two matches each – Krablean, Woelfel and Prahl, and Batzner and Schaub. Each Panther team member scored team points.

GREEN BAY SW INVITE

The Panthers competed in the Green Bay Southwest Invitational dual tourney Monday and Tuesday. PHS finished 0-4, falling to West Bend East and Onalaska by 7-0 scores, 6-1 versus Wausau West and 4-3 against Green Bay Preble.

Plymouth’s winners versus Preble were Katie Benedict at No. 4 singles, Scarlet Simenz and Cassandra Nicholson at No. 2 doubles, and Ellie Potrykus and Savannah Wiese, No. 3 doubles.

“In a great meet [against Preble] we really saw how our girls respond to some close matches and tough conditions. It was very windy and warm and our girls fought hard at every spot in this meet,” said new PHS head coach Scott Milslagle.

“Ashley at No. 2 played a real tough player who really dominated her in the first set but Ashley found a way to bounce back and beat her handily in the second before falling in a hard-fought tiebreaker, 6-10.

“The same went for Lexi at No. 3 singles. She lost easily in the first set before righting the ship and winning the second before falling in a third set tiebreaker, 5-10,” said Milslagle.

Batzner lost 3-6 in the first set and won the second, 6-2. Schaub fell 2-6 in set one and triumphed 6-4 in the second.

“Katie Benedict won her second match of the invitational at No. 4 and continued to prove she has a place at the varsity level. Scarlet and Cassandra continued their strong play and continued to improve as doubles players as they came back from a first set defeat to win in a third-set tiebreaker, 10-8,” said the coach.

Simenz and Nicholson lost 3-6 in set one and rebounded with a 6-3 victory in the second.

“Ellie and Savannah used their considerable lob skills and took advantage of the windy conditions to win in straight sets [6-4, 7-5] and continue to impress at No. 3 doubles,” Milslagle said.

“After this invitational and watching the girls play against quality Division 1 competition, I am excited to get into the conference schedule and watch these girls continue to improve and have fun as the season goes along.”

Benedict was the Panthers’ only winner in the Wausau West dual with her 7-6, 6-4 victory at No. 4 singles.


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