There won’t be any Sauk Prairie High School representation at the final two days of the WIAA Division 1 state individual tennis championships. The Eagles lost at No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles on Thursday, the opening day of the three-day meet at Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison.
Quinlyn Mack became the first Sauk Prairie girls tennis player since 2003 to compete at state when she took the court during the morning session on Thursday. The freshman started slowly, dropping the first set 6-1 to Wausau West sophomore Natasha Bailey. Mack bounced back early in the second set, but eventually suffered a 6-1, 6-4 loss to end her freshman season with a 14-8 record.
Bailey (28-5) went on to claim a 2-6, 7-5, 6-1 win over Wilmot Union senior Bianca Anderson (23-5) in the second round. Bailey will have a trip to the quarterfinals on the line when she takes on Mequon Homestead’s Natalie Yang (29-5) on Friday morning.
Sauk Prairie’s Camryn Ballweg and Taylor Breininger were in action once doubles play got underway Thursday afternoon. The Sauk Prairie seniors drew a first-round matchup against Mequon Homestead’s Grace Crowley and Sasha Shapsis, who entered state unbeaten at 32-0.
Ballweg and Breininger took the first game before Homestead gained momentum and handed the Eagles a 6-2, 6-0 loss. Ballweg and Breininger finished their senior years with an 18-7 record. Crowley and Shapsis will take on Franklin’s Annika Bartelt and Morgan Peters (25-7) on Friday morning.