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Warhawks Defeat Titans In WIAC Team Championship Semifinal

Warhawks Defeat Titans In WIAC Team Championship Semifinal

UW-Whitewater went unbeaten in three doubles contests and a pair of singles matches to defeat UW-Oshkosh, 5-0, in the semifinal round of the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) Women's Tennis Team Championship (presented by Culver's) held Saturday (April 27) at the Janesville Athletic Club in Janesville.

UW-Whitewater, the four-team tournament's top seed, opened its competition against the fourth-seeded Titans (5-11) with a sweep of the three doubles contests. The Warhawks (10-12) then secured their win with victories at No. 1 and No. 3 doubles.

The match ended once a winner was determined.

UW-Whitewater then went on to defeat third-seeded UW-Eau Claire, 5-1, to capture its 12th straight WIAC Team Championship title. The victory gave the Warhawks the WIAC's automatic bid to the 49-team NCAA Division III Championship that begins play May 20. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges (Calif.) is the defending national champion.

UW-Eau Claire (15-5) advanced to the tournament final with a 5-1 victory over second-seeded UW-La Crosse (15-5).

WIAC regular-season champion UW-Whitewater jumped to a 3-0 advantage over UW-Oshkosh by winning 24 of 29 games in doubles play, including an 8-0 victory by Gabi Kitchell and Julie Martin over Alyssa Leffler and Michelle Spicer in the first flight.

UW-Whitewater took the No. 2 doubles contest as Olivia Kraft and Sabrina Palavra defeated Samantha Koppa and Hannah Peters, 8-3. The Warhawks won the No. 3 doubles match as Paige Nierman and Molly Rueth ousted Taylor Johnson and Ashlee Polena, 8-2.

UW-Whitewater clinched the win over UW-Oshkosh with individual victories by Kitchell in the first flight and Nierman in the third. Kitchell won 6-2, 6-1, over Leffler while Nierman won 6-1, 6-0, over Peters.

Singles contests involving Koppa in the second flight, Spicer in the fourth, Polena in the fifth and Johnson in the sixth were not played to completion.

WIAC Women's Tennis Team Championship Website