UW Fox Valley Tennis
UWFOX MEN'S WCC TENNIS STATE CHAMPS!
The UW Fox Valley Men’s Tennis Team won the State Championship with a dominating performance at the WCC State Tournament May 4/5. This marks the first WCC Men’s State Championship for UW-Fox Valley in twenty years; the Cyclones last captured the title in 1992.
En route to the State Team title, Fox also earned flight championships at #2 Singles (Jesse Swiechowski), #4 Singles (David Shaver), #1 Doubles (Ross Kohlhase/Ben Krickeberg), and #2 Doubles (Shaver/Swiechowski), and a 2nd Place finish at #6 Singles (Scott Lewis). Fox’s entire team contributed to the title, with every team member recording at least one victory in either singles or doubles during the tournament. The Cyclones posted twelve team points the first day of the tournament alone as a result of that effort, eventually finishing with sixteen team points a six point margin of victory over co-second place finishers UW-Washington/UW-Marshfield, each with ten.
Jesse Swiechowski (#2) and David Shaver (#4) completed the season with undefeated records in Singles, while Ross Kohlhase/Ben Krickeberg (#1) and David Shaver/Jesse Swiechowski (#2) with undefeated records in Doubles. Fox players received two First Team All-State honors (Swiechowski, Shaver) and one Second Team All-State honor (Lewis) in Singles, and four First Team All-State Honors (Kohlhase, Krickeberg, Swiechowski, Shaver) in Doubles. Fox Coach Christopher Wylie was named WCC Men’s Coach of the Year.
On the women’s side, Fox battled to an extremely impressive 4th place finish, despite participating in the tournament with only three players. Fox was forced to move players up a flight and vacate the entire #4 Singles and #2 Doubles Flights, despite having earned the top seed in each, due to the injury to #1 Singles player Katie Bouzek.
Tori Severin moved up from her normal #3 Singles spot and reached the finals at #2 before falling to the top seed in the tournament, even more impressive considering Severin started the season at #4. Emily Mauel moved up from #4 Singles to #3 Singles and reached the semifinals of the tournament, and Severin/Andrea Verkuilen made an impressive run the finals at #1 Doubles before falling to State Team Champions UW-Sheboygan. Fox received one 2nd Team All-State honor in Singles (Severin) and two 2nd Team All-State honor in Doubles (Severin, Verkuilen).
Team Results (Men):
UW-Fox Valley (16), WCC State Champions; 2nd Place (tie) UW-Washington/UW Marshfield (10); UW-Sheboygan (9); UW-Baraboo (8); UW-Waukesha (5); UW-Rock County (2); UW-Manitowoc (0)
Ross Kohlhase (Green Bay Southwest): State Semifinalist, #1 Singles; State Champion, #1 Doubles, First Team All State
Jesse Swiechowski (Appleton East): State Champion, #2 Singles, First Team All State; State Champion, #2 Doubles, First Team All State
Ben Krickeberg (Valley Christian): State Quarterfinalist, #3 Singles; State Champion, #1 Doubles, First Team All State
David Shaver (Appleton East): State Champion, #4 Singles, First Team All State; State Champion, #2 Doubles, First Team All State
Ben Brooker (Appleton North): State Semifinalist, #5 Singles; State Quarterfinalist, #3 Doubles
Scott Lewis (Appleton): 2nd Place, , #6 Singles, 2nd Team All State; State Quarterfinalist, #3 Doubles
Team Results (Women):
Andrea Verkuilen (Appleton West): 2nd place, #1 Doubles, Second Team All State
Tori Severin (Wisconsin Rapids-Assumption): 2nd Place, #2 Singles, Second Team All State; 2nd place, #1 Doubles, Second Team All State
Emily Mauel (Kaukauna): Semifinalist, #3 Singles
Team result: 4th Place
WCC Coach of the Year - Christopher Wylie
2012 Season Update
The UW-Fox Valley Men’s/Women’s tennis team passed the midpoint of the 2012 season with a triangular match against UW-Marshfield and UW-Sheboygan Monday. The team, which consists of all new players with the exception of one veteran on each of the men’s and women’s sides, continued to demonstrate progress towards the State Tournament in Madison May 4/5.
Although players moved up flights from their normal positions, the Cyclones still continued to show they’re learning the college game in every match and are willing to compete with anyone.
Against Marshfield, Ross Kohlhase and Ben Krickeberg teamed up at the #1 Doubles position, decisively defeating UW-Marshfield 8-4. David Shaver moved up the #3 Singles position from his usual #4 to also handily defeat UW-Marshfield 8-3, while Ben Brooker posted a win at #6 over Marshfield 8-3 and dropped a close second match at #5 8-6. Katie Bouzek and Andrea Verkuilen both dropped matches at the #1 and #2 positions to Marshfield, while Emily Mauel won convincingly at #3 Singles 8-2, and then teamed up with a Marshfield exhibition player to defeat Marshield’s #2 Doubles team 8-2.
Fox posted similar results against UW-Sheboygan. Kohlhase and Krickeberg regrouped at the #1 Doubles position to defeat Sheboygan 8-5 after dropping their respective singles matches to the same opponents. Shaver again moved up to the #3 Singles position, and again posted an impressive 8-3 victory, while Brooker again moved up to play #4 and dropped a close 8-5 decision.
Fox will face their largest challenge of the season Thursday April 26 with a home match at 3 PM against UW-Washington, before traveling to Manitowoc next Tuesday. The season will culminate with the State Tournament May 4/5. Fox will hope to build on this year’s successful contributions from many new players, having finished Women’s State Runnerup in 2008, Women’s State Champions in 2009, and Men’s State Runnerup in 2010.