Neenah, Catholic Memorial Win WIAA State Girls Tennis Team Titles

MADISON, Wis. – A pair of teams captured championships at the 2021 State Girls Team Tennis Tournament at Nielsen Tennis Center Saturday.

Top-seeded Neenah (20-0) capped an undefeated season with a 4-3 victory over Divine Savior Holy Angels (22-3) in the Division 1 championship match. The Rockets’ Liz Risgaard won the #2 singles and at all three doubles matches to account for the final score. The trio of doubles’ victories were posted by Sophia Paape and Shelby Roth at #1, who won the doubles championship last week; Meghan Stielow and Nora Paape at #2; and Maddie Daharsh and Paige Stielow and #3.

Neenah wins the title after finishing runner-up at last spring’s alternate season. The Rockets won their second State title in their 19th State appearance. Their other team title came in 2015. They defeated Hudson 6-1 in the quarterfinals Friday and Middleton 5-2 in the semifinals earlier Saturday to advance to the final.

The Dashers place runner-up in their 10th tourney appearance and for the second consecutive season. DSHA defeated Badger 6-1 in the quarterfinals and Franklin 4-3 in the semifinals to advance to the championship match.

Top-seeded Catholic Memorial (21-3) cruised to a 6-1 win over Regis (19-11) in the Division 2 title match to capture the team championship.  The Crusaders won three of the four singles matches, including victories by Jessica Jacobson at #1,

Shannon Kutcher at #2, and Rachael Borg at #4. They added wins at all three doubles positions to clinch the title, including Jeslyn Singson and Courtney Sturm at #1, Reagan Rebholz and Mary McCaffery at #2, and Kailynn Sauer and Maggie Schmitzer at #3.

Catholic Memorial has participated in the championship match the past three seasons. The Crusaders won the championship in 2019 in the program’s first-ever State appearance and then finished runner-up a year ago. They defeated Xavier 6-1 to advance to the final.

The Ramblers place runner-up in their eighth State appearance. They downed Edgewood 4-3 in the semifinals to earn their participation in the championship match.

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David Keech
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David Keech is a math teacher in Wisconsin Rapids and public address announcer for Abbotsord High School. He officiates basketball, baseball, and softball in central Wisconsin. He has reported on amateur sports since 2011, known as 'KeechDaVoice.' David can be reached at [email protected]