APPLETON — The Beaver Dam prep girls tennis team had eight players participating in a WIAA Division 1 sectional tournament held Thursday at Fox Cities Racquet Club.

In the top singles flight, Morgan Nelson (25-5) placed fourth and in No. 1 doubles, the team of Abby Kiesow and Ashley Saniter (17-10) also took fourth, both receiving automatic berths in the individual state tournament that begins next Thursday at Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison.

The top four finishers at No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles receive automatic berths, as do the winners at No. 2 singles and No. 2 doubles.

The rest can only advance if they are selected as a “special qualifier,” which is a possibility for BD’s No. 2 doubles team of Evie Chitko and Maddie Biel (17-5), who took third in No. 2 doubles.

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