Arrowhead junior Emily Kolbow turned out to be the third-best girls high school tennis player in the state this year, and her only three losses of the season came to the two girls who finished first and second at last week's WIAA Division 1 state tournament at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison.
Kolbow defeated senior Lily Hayes of Whitefish Bay in her final match of the season, 6-0, 7-5, to secure third place, closing the year with a 35-3 record.
Kolbow's only loss of the three-day tournament came to eventual state champion Lexi Keberle of West Bend East in the semi-finals, 6-3, 6-0. Keberle, only a freshman, defeated previously undefeated two-time state champion Elizabeth Konon of Homestead in the title match, 6-4, 0-6, 6-3. Konon finished her career with a 138-2 record. Keberle closed out the year with a perfect 30-0 mark.
It marked the second straight year that Kolbow has finished third at the state meet. Last year, she took third with a 30-5 record. In her three years with the Warhawks, Kolbow has compiled an impressive mark of 88-18. Those two third-place finishes are the highest in Arrowhead history.
After receiving a first-round bye, Kolbow defeated Julia Daane of Green Bay Southwest, 6-1, 6-1, Anneliese Zak of Green Bay Southwest, 6-0, 6-3, and Emily Luetschwager of Stevens Point, 6-3, 6-0.
"I guess I'm happy about finished third again," Kolbow said. "After taking third last year I was hoping to move up to first or second. It's nice to lose to the state champion though. I tried my best. Lexi played very well. My goal now is to try and get to the finals next year. I had a good season."
Kolbow lost twice to Konon during the regular season.
KM duo does well
Kettle Moraine's doubles team of junior Haley Reynolds and senior Maddie Strunsee advanced to the fourth round after getting a bye and then winning two matches. They eventually lost to the No. 2 seeded team of Mardee Merar and Katya Mikhailanako of Homestead, 6-4, 6-4. That team ended up finishing second.
Reynolds and Strunsee closed out the year with a 27-9 mark. In their final match, they lost to the sixth-seeded team of Darcy Hogendorn and Allison Ragsdale of Middleton, 6-3, 6-3.
After getting a first-round bye, Reynolds and Strunsee downed Claire Rotherham and Maureen Schick of Notre Dame, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4. From there, they topped Stephanie Keryluk and Marissa Wilson of Verona Area, 6-1, 6-0.
KM sophomore Emily Behling won her first round match over Jessica Inman of Sun Prairie, 6-4, 6-4. Behling then lost to 11th seeded Anna Kryenin of Homestead, 6-3. 6-1.
Arrowhead junior Rachel Ross stopped Lacey Londre of Burlington in the first round, 6-1, 6-3. Ross (27-9) then lost to Hayes in the second round, 6-1, 6-0.
Sophomore Teagan Hipp, in her second straight state meet appearance, lost in the first round to Nina Gerard of Nicolet, 6-4, 7-5. Hipp finished the year at 27-7.
The AHS doubles team of sophomores Sara Geschke and Kali Flesch won two matches before losing to the 10th seeded team of Dibet Wilkinson and Lauren Weise of Cedarburg, 6-3, 6-4. They opened tourney play with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Jenny Rectenwald and and Kendra Kappes of Neenah. In the second round, they stopped Baylie Gold and Abbey Weber of Middleton, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.
Arrowhead's final entry, the doubles team of juniors Courtney Shipshock and Tara Tanriverdi, lost in the first round to Racehl Gantz and Ashley Solberg of Waukesha West, 7-6 (0), 6-1. Shipshock and Tanriverdi finished with a 18-6 mark.
Oconomowoc's lone entry, Jaclyn Swift and Alexa Sabel, fell in the first round against Oshkosh North pair Meg Hartzell and Alyssa Schafer. The Raccoons top doubles team finished 19-10.
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