Saving the best highlight for last, the Oak Creek girls tennis team picked up a flight championship from the third doubles team of Rachel Anderson and Hannah Menz and then used balance the rest of the way to claim the championship in the eight-school Hartford-Slinger Invitational on Saturday.
"We knew that we would be competitive," Knights coach Don Tellefsen said, "but in a situation like this, with teams so even, you never know from day to day how things could turn out. The wind could change things, and you don't know who will have a good day or not.
"But we got decent seeds, and we turned in a really good team effort. We also won all seven of our first-round matches, which was a huge help."
The meet was the regular-season closer for the Knights and puts them in a great frame of mind for this Thursday's Southeast Conference Tournament at Racine Case (and potentially Racine Horlick). Franklin is among the favorites in the event.
After that, Oak Creek will take part in WIAA sub-sectional play at Greenfield on Monday, with the first four finishers in flight one of singles and doubles and the top two finishers in each of the remaining flights heading to sectional play at Nicolet on Wednesday, Oct. 9.
"We're hoping to finish up well," Tellefsen said, "but it all depends on our demeanor. We're hoping to get some good seeds and then play well. We have a few days off now so we'll get a chance to work on some things."
The Knights did play well out at Hartford, as they scored 28 points to Hartford's 23 and Slinger's 21. They earned a nice plaque for their efforts.
Anderson and Menz won their title with a 7-6, 6-3 final match victory.
"They said, with the wind that was out there, it was hard to dig in, but they went back and forth and got it done," Tellefsen said.
Elsewhere, Oak Creek took four seconds and two thirds.
Claiming runner-up slots were the first three singles players: Tiffany Hoskins, Sarah Ciombor and Stephanie Ploch.
In addition, the second doubles team of Christine Dutkiewicz and Erin Nachtigall took second.
Earning thirds were fourth singles player Claire Baumgartner and the first doubles team of Lauren Ungerecht and Kayla Stolz.
"We were at three different sites so it was hard to see everything," Tellefsen said, "but getting the kind of start that we had meant everything."
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