Coach Kosta Zervas saw his Wauwatosa West girls tennis team reach one of its goals last week.
The Trojans defeated New Berlin West and Pewaukee in conference home matches and became champions of the Woodland Conference North Division with a 5-0 conference record.
They also ran their overall record to an impressive 18-1 mark. The Trojans now meet the other division champion Shorewood today.
"We won the division two years ago, but lost to Shorewood in the crossover match," Zervas said. "I don't think we've ever had this good of a record since the early '80s or late '70s. We've never won the conference tournament."
The Trojans beat New Berlin West, 6-1, on Sept. 17 to open the week.
All four singles players won as well as two doubles teams.
No. 1 singles player Nicole Meylor (6-1, 6-0), No. 2 Carly Grant (6-1, 6-0), No. 3 Laura Carlson (6-4, 6-1) and No. 4 Connie Terlizzi (7-5, 6-3) all won in straight sets.
The doubles teams of Laruen Rachow/Ella Hagopian at No. 2 doubles (6-2, 6-1) and Alyssa Goodwillie/Alyssa Heyer at No. 3 (6-2, 6-1) also won.
Two days later the Trojans rolled again, beating the Pirates, 6-1, with four singles players and two doubles teams coming out victorious.
Meylor (6-0, 6-0), Grant (6-1, 6-0), Carlson (6-3, 6-2) and Terlizzi (6-0, 6-2) won easily.
The doubles teams of Hagopian/Rachow (6-0, 6-1) and Heyer/Goodwillie (6-1, 7-5) also won in straight sets.
"The team practiced well and played some very good tennis," Zervas said. "Thursday was an exciting afternoon for the team. Not only did we defeat Pewaukee, but we were able to meet one of our season goals, which was to win our division. That's not a very easy thing to do — our side of the conference is very competitive."
Zervas then talked about his team's next goal.
"We have a tough crossover match (today) with Shorewood," he said. "We'll need to play very smart tennis and with another good week of practice, the girls will be up for the challenge.
"It's always fun to be able to practice with a purpose and this week's purpose is to meet another one of our seasons goals — earn the right to say we're the Woodland Conference dual champions."
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