Experience a key for PHS tennis team

PLYMOUTH – Experience has been crucial for the Plymouth girls tennis team which is off to a strong start in Eastern Wisconsin Conference play.

The Panthers have won three straight EWC duals after a 5-2 loss to Kohler in their league opener. Kohler and PHS finished 1-2, respectively, in last year’s EWC standings.

PHS head coach Scott Milslagle, in his second year at Plymouth, is optimistic about the season.

“We should be real strong again in conference with a goal to finish second again to a Kohler powerhouse,” said Milslagle.

“Experience is key for this team with six returning varsity players from last season and eight seniors on our varsity team. The depth is there as well.”

The returning starters include: senior Amanda Krueger, at No. 1 singles this season; junior Ashley Batzner, No. 3 singles; seniors Kayla Prahl and Kaylee Woelfel, No. 1 doubles; and seniors Ellie Potrykus and Savannah Wiese at No. 2 doubles.

Batzner earned All-EWC first-team honors at No. 3 singles last year. Potrykus and Wiese were on the first team at No. 3 doubles. Woelfel and Prahl made second-team No. 2 doubles.

“One key [athlete] would be the team leader, Amanda Krueger – a senior who has been on the team for four years and knows the ins and outs of what it takes to succeed,” said Milslagle.

“She has improved greatly over last season, and her work ethic and dedication should rub off on the younger players as well as her returning teammates.”

Milslagle mentioned newcomers who have impressed him.

“Alayna Wilderman [No.1 singles]; Hannah Stucke/Catherine Williamson, No. 3 doubles; Katie Benedict, No. 4 singles; and Elizabeth Krueger, junior varsity No. 2 singles,” he said.

“Our key to success is maintaining our positive attitude. The team is full of very intelligent young ladies who realize they have a good team and the experience early [against strong opponents] will only help them in the long run,” said the coach.

“We also need to work hard in practice and know that we are a strong team and can win the tough matches.”

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