Girls tennis team wins Big 8

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Rob Reischel
Emily Oberwetter and Middleton's girls tennis team clinched the Big Eight Conference dual meet title on Tuesday./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

The song remains the same. And it’s one Middleton’s girls tennis team is thrilled to keep singing.

The Cardinals wrapped up another Big Eight Conference dual meet championship on Tuesday following a 7-0 win over Janesville Craig. Middleton finished the conference season 9-0 in dual meets and went a remarkable 61-2 in those matches.

“I'm glad we were able to win conference again,” Middleton senior Emily Oberwetter said. “At the beginning of the season there was some uncertainty on how we would match up with some of the other teams since we had so many players graduate last year.

“But after our first couple of matches it became fairly clear that we would still be able to come out on top of our conference. I think it was especially a great experience for the new members on the team to be a part of a team this strong.”

Kaisey Skibba, Middleton’s No. 1 singles player, agreed.

“Everyone felt great about winning conference, especially the newer varsity players,” Skibba said.

Middleton lost four seniors from last year’s WIAA Division 1 state championship team. And many wondered if the Cardinals could stay atop the Big Eight.

But Middleton’s program has terrific depth. And most of the Cardinals’ top players hit year round, which puts them ahead of many of their peers.

In the Cardinals’ win over Janesville Craig, Middleton junior Kaisey Skibba rolled at No. 1 singles and Amanda Huff won at No. 2 singles. Liddy Whritenour and Emily Bruhn also posted wins at No. 3 and 4 singles, respectively.

Allison Ragsdale and Emily Oberwetter rolled at No. 1 doubles. Baylie Gold and Lauren Coons cruised at No. 2 doubles, while Megan Peyton and Jessica Wang won at No. 3 doubles.

“It was great to win conference,” said Middleton junior Abbey Webber, who normally plays No. 1 doubles. “Everyone on our team was super excited, especially the newer players.

“Going undefeated and only dropping two matches against all the teams was great, and not every team can do that. It was great having another great season. I think it really shows the depth we have in our program.”

Things will certainly intensify, though, in the upcoming weeks.

Middleton is at the Big Eight Conference meet Tuesday and Wednesday at Nielsen Tennis Stadium.

The Madison Memorial Subsectional is Oct. 6 at Nielsen Tennis Stadium beginning at 9 a.m. Then the Waunakee Sectional is Oct. 9 at 11 a.m. at Nielsen.

“The postseason is going to be considerably tougher,” Oberwetter said. “I have complete confidence that we are capable of making another run at state this year.

“Our biggest challenge in getting there is facing Waunakee in our sectional. However, I truly believe that we can make it to state again this year.”

Webber agreed.

“As for the postseason, our main goal is to win sectionals, subsectionals, and make our way back to team state again,” Webber said. “I think we can make it back to state again this year, but we would have to defeat Waunakee, another great team this year.”

As the Cardinals continue to show, though, they’re pretty terrific too.

Winning the Big Eight was simply the latest example.

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