Three Panthers on All-EWC first team

Juniors Ellie Potrykus and Savannah Wiese and sophomore Ashley Batzner of Plymouth earned All-Eastern Wisconsin Conference girls tennis first-team honors for the 2016 season.

Potrykus and Wiese teamed up at No. 3 doubles and Batzner played No. 3 singles. The doubles team and Batzner finished 9-0 in EWC play.

PHS has two second-team flights – senior Lexi Schaub at No. 4 singles and seniors Cassandra Nicholson and Scarlet Simenz at No. 1 doubles. Schaub posted a 6-2 league mark. Nicholson and Simenz were 6-1 in the conference.

Also earning All-EWC recognition for the Panthers are juniors Kaylee Woelfel and Kayla Prahl who are the honorable-mention No. 2 doubles team. They chalked up a 6-2 EWC mark.

“Their [Wiese and Potrykus] only three-set match of the [EWC] season was the Kohler match. The rest were taken care of in straight sets as they dominated their opponents all-year long with their mix of great volleys and great lobs,” said Panther head coach Scott Milslagle.

“She [Batzner] just kept gaining confidence as the season went on and her skill set improved with each match. She will continue to be a force for us on the singles side next season and I’m looking forward to big things from Ashley.

“Lexie played well all season and even in her two [EWC] losses was fighting until the end and could have won them both,” said Milslagle.

“She also worked hard to improve all season and it showed as her ground strokes and serve became weapons toward the end of the season and her consistency in keeping the ball in play and forcing her opponents to make mistakes helped gain her the allconference placement.

“They [Nicholson and Simenz] really worked hard to get that [All-EWC] position and nobody deserved it more than those two.

“They [Prahl and Woelfel] were spectacular all season and had a great time as well. They are the consummate teammates and not only are they skilled tennis players but are there to support and encourage everyone on the team with smiles on their faces,” said the coach.

Milslagle also commended the Panthers’ Drew Krablean and Amanda Krueger who played Nos. 1 and 2 singles, respectively. Krablean finished 5-4 and Krueger was 5-3 in EWC action.

“We would not have finished where we did in our conference without their contributions,” said the coach.

Kohler, which has its Nos. 1 and 2 doubles teams on the first unit, won the EWC championship with a 9-0 dual record. The Panthers finished second with an 8-1 mark and Manitowoc Roncalli took third at 7-2.

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