Janesville's Rossing, Harmata tumble at state
MADISON--The high school tennis careers of Kaylee Rossing and Becky Harmata came to an end Thursday.
Competing in the WIAA Division 1 girls state tournament at Nielsen Tennis Stadium, Rossing and Harmata lost opening-round matches in straight sets.
Rossing, a Janesville Craig senior, fell 6-1, 6-0, to Mikaela Coose of Wilmot. Rossing finished the season 10-13.
“Kaylee battled her serve today,” Craig coach Bill Peyer said. “She played well, but the other girl had a better day than her.”
Harmata, a Janesville Parker senior, lost 6-1, 6-0, to 13th-seeded Nicole Meylor of Wauwatosa West. A three-time state qualifier, Harmata finished 10-12 this season.
Harmata battled tendonitis in her shoulder all season and it flared up again Thursday. Parker coach Justin Long said Harmata was in considerable pain for most of the second set but played through it.
“I give Becky a lot of credit for finishing the match,” Long said. “She gave it all she could against a very good player, but the injury and going up against a seeded player was too tough to overcome.
“And I can’t say enough about what Becky has done for our program. She played twice at state as an individual and once with the team. She’s certainly one of the better players to come through Parker.”
In other Division 1 action Thursday, Lake Geneva Badger’s No. 1 doubles team of Joanie Williams and Andrea Chironis remained unbeaten on the season with a hard-fought 6-4, 3-6, 10-8 win over Mallory Wanserski and Caroline Krolicki of Wausau East. Williams and Chironis, now 25-0 on the season, play Verona’s Stephanie Keryluk and Marissa Wilson this afternoon in a second-round match.
Milton’s doubles team of Zyann Furseth and Maddie Erdman saw its season come to an end with a first-round 6-3, 6-0, loss to Megan Johnson and Swastie Bhagwandin of Madison Memorial.
In Division 2, Big Foot/Williams Bay junior Annie McGrail lost 6-3, 6-3, in her opening-round match, while Jefferson’s Paige Ganser lost 6-1, 6-3.
East Troy seniors Paige Kloth and Abi Goode advanced in Division 2 singles with a 6-4, 6-4, victory over sixth-seeded Ellie Grossen and Chandra McGuire of Monroe. Kloth and Goode (22-3) face Shorewood’s Tricia Nelson and Grace Rybarik (15-10) at noon today. Whitewater’s Erika Levin and Kacie Snyder and Big Foot Williams Bay’s Natalie Boldger and Morgan Grunow lost their first-round matches.