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Flipped lineup sparks Badger

by Mike Ramczyk

September 13, 2012

If Monday night was any indication, Paul Lauterbach's lineup change is working just fine for the Badger girls tennis team.

The host Badgers dominated Delavan-Darien, 5-2, to improve to 4-1 in the Southern Lakes Conference. Badger won all singles flights, including Cricket Geldermann, Lily Fisher, Joanie Williams and Andrea Chironis. Also, the No. 3 doubles squad of Shannon Lojeski and Samantha Smith won, 3-6, 6-1, 7-6.

"It was a very good night," Lauterbach said. "Our singles only lost three games. They are strong, and that's why we made the move. And our doubles are doing very well."

The Badgers are now 2-0 with their postseason-ready lineup. Before last Thursday's match at Wilmot, Lauterbach moved his No. 1 doubles team of Williams and Chironis to the No. 3 and 4 singles spots. With Geldermann 10-1 and Fisher undefeated at 10-0 in the first two flights, he thought this would be Badger's toughest configuration of talent.

"Williams and Chironis are very good players," Lauterbach said. "Together, they can only get us one point, but at singles, they can get us two. This makes for a very strong singles lineup for conference play."

Badger is 8-3 overall and is one game behind conference-leading Waterford (4-0 SLC). Lauterbach was impressed with the play from his doubles teams Monday. He said they will be the difference if the girls want to win conference.

"We are still messing around with the doubles players, but it's so close," he said. "The doubles are getting better and better. The SLC will come down to our doubles."

Badger travels to the Janesville Parker Invite Saturday.

"If our doubles step up, we're a strong team," Lauterbach said. "We'll match up stronger against some of our opponents. We need all seven positions to play well."

Badger 7, Wilmot 0

The Badgers had an easy time with the host Panthers Sept. 6.

Emily Bakken and Jillian Suhre won at No. 2 doubles, 6-2, 6-2. Also, Jacklyn Teuting and Victoria Bouras played together for the first time at No. 1 doubles and won 6-4, 6-4.

"The doubles really stepped up," Lauterbach said. "This will be our new lineup until we lose, to be honest. Emily and Jillian are pretty consistent and are getting better with each match."

Geldermann and Fisher continued their stellar play.

"Lily is a very good player," Lauterbach said. "She would be a No. 1 for any other team. She's that good. She's a very athletic player and is playing with more confidence. With how good Cricket is, it's tough for her to always stay focused. She was very self-motivated and focused against Wilmot."