For the second consecutive year, Wauwatosa West girls tennis will be represented by a doubles team at the WIAA state individual tournament.
By winning its first match at the Homestead sectional on Oct. 5, the Trojans' No. 1 doubles team of senior Connie Terlizzi and junior Alyssa Piek qualified for state. The duo went on to take third place in the sectional.
It will be Terlizzi's second trip to state, as she made it with doubles partner Alicia Picard in 2015.
The WIAA state individual tournament will be held Oct. 13-15 at Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison.
Terlizzi and Piek earned their automatic berth at state with a 6-3, 6-2 win over senior Paige Schultz and junior Peyton Westcott of Arrowhead (22-7 overall).
"We are in one of the toughest sectionals in the state," Wauwatosa West coach Kosta Zervas said. "Arrowhead is not an easy team to beat. Connie and Alyssa played mistake-free tennis. It was a nice, nice win. That was a huge win for them and for the program.
Terlizzi and Piek fell, 6-0, 6-0, to junior Frankie La Londe and freshman Sasha Shapsis of Homestead (27-1), the top-ranked doubles team in the state, in the sectional semifinals.
The duo bounced back to take third place with a 6-1, 6-2 win over senior Carley Schreiber and junior Jaeda Walsh of Waukesha South (23-9).
"We just didn't play very well," Zervas said. "We were kind of high on our last match and didn't play as well as I hoped, but then they played Waukesha South for third place. They were the top seed coming out of their subsectional, and we played really smart and consistent tennis against them.
"That was a really quality win and a nice way to finish the day."
Playing at No. 1 singles, freshman Maria Poehls (9-18) lost her opening match to Rina Niehoff of Waukesha South (25-8).
"She played a really nice player from Waukesha South," Zervas said. "She just didn't have enough to beat her, unfortunately. She had a really nice season, and we're excited that she's coming back.
"It gave her an opportunity to see what it is like and what it will take to win the sectional or get to state next year."
Earning quality wins over Arrowhead and Waukesha South at sectionals helped Terlizzi and Piek earn the 12th seed for state. They will open up play against senior Jaida Drame and freshman Mia Bohlen of Nicolet (28-6) at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13.
"That was really nice to see," Zervas said. "We are placed in a good spot. Getting seeded is a tremendous accomplishment for them. That's the first time we've had a doubles team seeded for the state tournament as long as I've coached here at West, so it is an awesome thing for us to have. On paper, it looks like a draw we can compete at."