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Cricket Geldermann (click for larger version)
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September 25, 2012 | 04:46 PMAround 6 a.m. Saturday, the Southern Lakes Conference girls tennis meet was officially suspended until Monday night due to the rain and cold. Badger's singles players, who had zipped through the opening rounds of the SLC meet last Thursday, were set to battle for four conference titles.
They may have had to wait a couple more days, but Monday night was well worth it.
Cricket Geldermann, Lily Fisher, Joanie Williams and Andrea Chironis stepped up to the challenge, winning conference titles at the Nos. 1 through 4 singles spots and propelling Badger to a conference co-championship with Union Grove.
After receiving only two points from its doubles teams, Badger needed a clean sweep Monday night in the singles department or the title wouldn't have been a possibility. Badger coach Paul Lauterbach was excited for his team.
"We had a very good team night," he said. "All the singles girls had to win, and they did. Our two doubles points were very critical. We knew we had a chance at conference, but we needed help."
At No. 1 singles, Geldermann dominated Union Grove, 6-0, 6-0. Lauterbach said she was focused and went after every ball. At 2 singles, Fisher remained undefeated on the season with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Waterford. Fisher was down, 3-0, in the first set, but won her next 12 games.
At No. 3 singles, Joanie Williams downed Union Grove, 7-5, 6-0. She was down 5-4 in the first set and won the next nine games in row. Andrea Chironis beat Waterford, 6-2, 6-4, at No. 4 singles. She was down 4-1 in the second set and won five straight games.
"All of the girls had a gut check," Lauterbach said. "But they were all able to believe in themselves and get through adversity. It will help them in the postseason."
Geldermann has only lost once this season, and Chironis and Williams both finished their singles seasons undefeated at 7-0. Chironis and Williams will now return to No. 1 doubles for their postseason run.
Lauterbach was pleased with all flights.
"Everybody finished the way they needed to," he said.
Trouble for doubles
Last Thursday at Elkhorn High School, the doubles team couldn't get much going in the opening rounds of the SLC meet.
Jaclyn Teuting and Victoria Bouras went 0-2 on the day, with losses against Burlington and Elkhorn. Lauterbach said the Elkhorn match (6-2, 3-6, 10-6) was the tandem's best match of the year.
The No. 2 doubles squad of Gillian Suhre and Emily Bakken nabbed fifth place, knocking off Waterford, 6-3, 6-4. They also downed Delavan-Darien in their second match, a team which beat Badger earlier in the season.
Shannon Logeski and Kaleigh Maclay also took fifth place. They lost in the first round to Union Grove, but bounced back with a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Wilmot and a 6-2, 6-0 beating of Westosha Central.
"Our doubles girls finished well," Lauterbach said. "We played our best tennis on the backdraw."