Panthers roll over Kiel

PLYMOUTH – The Plymouth girls tennis team chalked up its fourth shutout in Eastern Wisconsin Conference dual play, 7-0, over Kiel here Tuesday afternoon.

The Panthers raised their EWC record to 7-1 (11-6 overall).

“Elizabeth Raeder had a very solid performance against a very talented exchange student from Germany at No. 1 singles,” said PHS head coach Tom Pederson.

Raeder, a freshman, defeated Birte Brinkmoeller 7-5, 6-2.

“Emily Schirmer, at No. 3 singles, and the No. 3 doubles team of Katelyn Zelm and Olivia Matenaer showed great courage coming back from a one-set deficit to win their matches.

“Everyone else played very well in winning their matches in straight sets.”

Schirmer rallied for a 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 victory over Emily Freis. Zelm and Matenaer came on strong to down Jessica Blatz and Jennifer Tollefson 5-7, 6-3, 6-1.

Plymouth’s junior varsity winners, all in doubles, included: Donna Lohse and Erin Doherty, Chrissy Perl and Kylie Birenbaum , Angie Schleh and Sarah Ruby, Forum Patel and Michelle Odgers, Rachael Thompson and Joann Wolfenberg, and Sarah DeGroff and Taylor Haese.

In Thursday’s meet versus Waupun, PHS winners, all in doubles, included: Lohse/Doherty, Birenbaum/Chrissy Perl, and Sarah Ruby/Angie Schleh.


The Panthers finished sixth in a strong eight-team field at the Sheboygan North Invitational Saturday. Appleton Xavier took first.

“Very difficult draws kept the team from scoring more points but I could not be more proud of my players as they gave everything they had,” Pederson said.

“I continue to see growth by all the players.”

Senior Rachel Eggert placed third at No. 2 singles with a 2-1 record to lead PHS. The No. 2 doubles team of Natalie Rortvedt and Janelle Schirmer took sixth.

Winning consolation titles for the Panthers were Raeder at No. singles with a 2-1 mark, and Zelm and Matenaer at No. 3 doubles with a 2-1 record.


1. Elizabeth Raeder (P) def. Birte Brinkmoeller 7-5, 6-2.
2. Rachel Eggert (P) def. Ashley Rietbrock 6-2, 6-0.
3. Emily Schirmer (P) def. Freis 4-6, 6-4, 6-2.
4. Beth Brisson (P) def. Sarah Musil 6-4, 6-2.
1. Amanda Gumm-Lauren Schwalenberg (P) def. Laura Lange-Samantha Mathes 6-1, 6-1.
2. Natalie Rortvedt-Janelle Schirmer (P) def. Nicole Sixel-Nicole Lange 6-2, 6-1.
3. Katelyn Zelm-Olivia Matenaer (P) def. Jessica Blatz-Jennifer Tollefson _________________________ _5_-7, 6-3, 6-1.

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