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Phantoms win three titles at Bay Conference tennis tournament

BY MURRAY GLEFFE

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APPLETON-Brooklyn Steier, Christina Qui, and the doubles team of Kymberly Coolidge and Katie Wiesner won championships Saturday afternoon to propel the West De Pere Phantoms onto a second-place finish. (Sept. 22)

Qui had a relatively easy go with it in the first round at three singles, but then won two tough matches including the thrilling win over Fox Valley Lutheran in which the final two points decided the outcome of the match.

“Christina (Qui) has one of the toughest mental games on our team,” said Rachel Benn, Phantoms tennis coach. “She does a great job trying different strategies and working out the game on her own. She was only with us for a short time last season, but I knew she was something special right away. She has shown that gift many times throughout the season.”

Steier meanwhile cruised through the four singles flight (dropped two games in three matches) like she had been playing tennis for awhile.

The only thing is that Steier has been playing high school tennis less than two months!

“Brooklyn is one of the toughest freshmen players I have seen,” said Benn. “Since day one, I could see her drive to win and her confidence going for her shots. Not many freshmen come right out of the gates with that will to win. Her spot was the first one I decided on for the line-up. It was a perfect match.”

The duo of Coolidge and Wiesner meanwhile kept everybody on the edge of their seats in the semis and final.

After defeating a game Xavier Hawks team, the Phantoms pair moved onto the championship match versus New London.

Both teams split sets, and Coolidge and Wiesner had a bit more at the end of the match to prevail in a super tiebreaker and capture the title.

“Our team of Kymberly and Katie are a great example of natural athletes,” Benn said. “They did not start tennis until a little over a year ago, but they picked it up extremely fast. I threw them into two doubles last season and they learned a lot. Their improvement from day one to the last day was astonishing. They are a really fun team to coach and seeing them so happy winning first place at the conference tournament is a true example of why I coach.”

Singles
No. 1 — Josie Johnson (Wdp) def. Madeline Bergstrom (Mar), 6-0, 6-1; No. 1 — Erika Curtin (Xav) def. Johnson (Wdp), 6-0, 6-2; No. 1 — Addy Segelstrom (Fvl) def. Johnson (Wdp), 6-4, 6-3; No. 2 — Emily Lau (Wdp) def.  Elizabeth (Libby) Neumeyer (Gbe), 6-1, 6-1; No. 2 — Gabrielle Medema (Fvl) def.  Emily Lau (Wdp), 6-3, 6-4; No. 2 — Lau (Wdp) def.  Alley Ramirez (Nl), 6-1, 6-1; No. 3 — Qui (Wdp) def.  Carly Bomier (Xav), 6-3, 6-4; No. 3 — Qui (Wdp) def. Maggie Schauman (Fvl), 2-6, 6-4, 10-8; No. 3 — Qui (Wdp) def. Melissa Bunker (Gbe), 6-3, 6-1; No. 4 — Steier (Wdp) def.  Emily Faubel (Men), 6-1, 6-0; No. 4 — Steier (Wdp) def.  Macy Hermanson (Mar), 6-0, 6-1; No. 4 — Steier (Wdp) def. Tessa Wilson (Fvl), 6-0, 6-0

Doubles
No. 1 — Erin Henze-Adeline Mielke (Fvl) def. Emily Dorn-Lorraine Qui (Wdp), 7-6 (8), 6-0; No. 1 — Dorn-Qui (Wdp) def. Hailey Kohl-Kate Baehman (Men), 6-2, 6-1; No. 1 — Lydia Dobberstein-Grace Licausi (Sha) def. Dorn-Qui (Wdp), 6-3, 7-6 (5); No. 2 — Coolidge-Wiesner (Wdp) def. Alana Krolow-Annalyse Wilber (Sha), 6-2, 6-0; No. 2 — Coolidge-Wiesner (Wdp) def. Kylie McCormick-Camille Bonneville (Xav), 6-3, 1-6, 10-6; No. 2 — Coolidge-Wiesner (Wdp) def. Tess Ruckdashel-Lauren Winkler (Nl), 6-4, 2-6, 10-8; No. 3 — Olivia Williams-Keilani Nishimoto (Wdp) def. Emma Krueger-Kate Williams (Sha), 6-2, 6-4; No. 3 — Myah Henderson-Olivia Tews (Nl) def. Williams-Nishimoto (Wdp), 2-6, 6-1, 10-8; No. 3 — Williams-Nishimoto (Wdp) def. Heather Noel-Cora Wendt (Mar), 4-6, 7-5, 10-8

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