Krajcovicova advances to semifinals
MADISON When the girls tennis season was halfway complete, Lea Krajcovicova did not fully understand what the WIAA state championship was all about.
She does now.
The Milton High foreign-exchange student from Slovakia won three matches Friday to advance to the semifinals today at the WIAA Division 1 girls tennis championships at Nielsen Tennis Stadium.
Krajcovicova takes a 27-0 record into her 9 a.m. semifinal match against No. 3 seed Lily Hayes of Whitefish Bay (20-4).
The No. 7-seeded Krajcovicova upset No. 2 seed Mardee Merar of Homestad, 6-4, 6-3, in the quarterfinals. Krajcovicova, a junior, finished off her quarterfinal win with a rocket forehand down the line.
Milton High coach Dan Thies said Krajcovicova is aware of the stage.
“She knew it was a big match,” Thies said Friday night. “The top eight players are all going to be good. The reason Lea is a seventh seed is because we don’t play in any Milwaukee-area big tournaments. They don’t give outsiders much respect.
“I’m not playing the ‘we don’t get any respect’ card. I understand that is how it is in sports.”
Krajcovicova, who earned a first-round bye,
began play Friday with a 6-4, 6-0 victory over Meredith Holt of La Crosse Logan.
Krajcovicova advanced to the quarterfinals with a 6-0, 6-0 romp over Emmy Kaftan of West Bend West, before surprising Merar.
“She knows now what this is about,” Thies said. “She knows this is the end-all for her in high school. She will continue to play USTA around the Midwest through August.
“But she cares about this. Today I saw different kinds of emotions that I haven’t seen from her before.”
Top-seeded Elizabeth Konon of Homestead plays No. 3-seeded Emily Kolbow of Arrowhead in the other semifinal this morning.
Janesville Parker junior Becky Harmata and Lake Geneva Badger High junior Cricket Gelderman each lost Division 1 singles matches Friday.
Harmata (13-14) , who won her opening match Thursday, lost to Gabi Kitchell of D.C. Everest, 6-0, 6-1. Gelderman opened the state championship with a victory on Thursday and then defeated Lily Simonson, 6-1, 6-4 on Friday morning.
Gelderman then lost to the top-seeded Konon, 6-2, 6-2 in the quarterfinals. Gelderman finished 23-3.
Two area doubles teams that won late matches Thursday lost Friday in Division 2 competition.
Stephanie Nelson and Morgan Nathan of Whitewater advanced to Friday’s play by defeating Alecia Swenson and Gabby Brucker of Regis, 6-2, 6-0, late Thursday.
Nelson and Nathan then lost to No. 2-seeded Lauren Keller and Morgan Molitor of Edgewood of the Sacred Heart, 6-0, 6-4 Friday. Nelson and Nathan finished 25-4.
Paige Kloth and Abi Goode of East Troy defeated Megan Jacobson and Hanna Zevenbergen of Baldwin-Woodville, 6-4, 6-3 late Thursday.
Kloth and Goode lost Friday to Maddy Brown and Hayley Clope of Racine St. Catherine’s, 6-0, 6-0. Kloth and Goode finished 25-4.