netters look to improve
September 08, 2010 | 08:35 AM
|2010 BADGER TENNIS SCHEDULE ----
September — 9: at Wilmot. 11: at Kenosha Bradford. 13: Waterford. 16: Delavan-Darien. 18: at Janesville Parker. 20: at Burlington. 23: SLC meet at Burlington. 24: SLC meet at Burlington. 25: SLC meet at Burlington. 28: Mukwonago. October — 4: Subsectionals at Elkhorn. 5: Subsectionals at Elkhorn. 6: Sectionals at Badger.|
Every once in awhile, a great player comes along that makes coaches re-evaluate their season goals.
This player is a difference-maker. He or she can win a game by themselves and is a shoe-in for all-conference honors.
Well, she may only be a freshman, but Badger girls tennis star Cricket Geldermann may be that player this year for a Badger squad that finished in the middle of the pack in the Southern Lakes conference last year.
Coach Marty Badt said Geldermann is ready to be a standout.
"Her dedication and work ethic are tremendous," he said. "She loves what she's doing. She has worked hard for years, and she has some individual goals."
Badt is in his 11th year at the helm for the Lady Badgers, and he already likes the team's chemistry.
"The cohesiveness is good," he said. "We are hoping to improve on last year. We want to move up in the ranks. We should be in the top two or three in the SLC."
Along with Geldermann, newcomers will include seniors Brianna Bogan, Bethany Van Lindenberger, Claire Amici, Stephanie Georgin and junior McKenna Dustman.
The new girls will join returning letter-winners Jenny Skarda, Riely Mikrut, Ande Schneider and Kimi Schaid.
Badt also expects contributions from juniors Camila Pereira and Kelly Meyerhofer.
But the captain of this ship could be Geldermann. She has started the season 7-0 at No. 1 singles.
On Aug. 26 at Union Grove, the Broncos handled Badger 5-2.
But Geldermann won in straight sets, 6-0, 6-2.
The other winner was the No. 2 doubles team of Schneider and Schaid, 3-6, 6-3, 6-1.
"Union Grove is really good," Badt said.
So far, Badger is 0-5 and 0-1 in the SLC.
They travel to Wilmot for another conference matchup Thursday.
Badt is hoping his girls can improve quickly.
"Hopefully things will make more sense with the lineups as the season progresses," he said. "We have to learn from our mistakes and take the bad before the good. We will keep plugging away."
Check next week's Regional News for more Badger tennis photos and results from this week's action. Also, check out photos in the Fall Sports Book, also out next week.