Having the Wauwatosa West subsectional be the first one to go meant last week was a busy one for the Trojans' girls tennis team.
After placing sixth at the Woodland Conference tournament on Sept. 27 and 28, Wauwatosa West advanced its top singles player and doubles team to sectionals at the subsectional it hosted Sept. 30.
Maria Poehls (9-17 overall) moved on with a win over Cedarburg's Mia Andrae (7-11) at No. 1 singles.
"I was really, really happy with Maria making it through," Wauwatosa West coach Kosta Zervas said. "She took her lumps throughout the year but played a great match against Cedarburg. It was probably her best match of the year. Making sectionals as a junior at that spot in our sectional is pretty good. I was proud of how she played."
The doubles team of Connie Terlizzi and Alyssa Piek (14-4) followed up a championship at the Woodland Conference tournament by advancing to sectionals at No. 1 doubles with a win over Haley Matthiesen and Allison Diestelhorst of Menomonee Falls .
"Connie and Alyssa getting through is what we wanted," Zervas said. "They played a pretty decent team from Menomonee Falls and didn't lose a step. They didn't make a lot of mistakes.
"Playing at subsectionals was a new experience for Alyssa. It can be intimidating and tough to play, and she really handled herself well. Connie did a great job all year as our leader, and it showed on the court that day."
Woodland Conference tournament
Wauwatosa West earned 24 team points to take sixth at the Woodland Conference tournament, finishing one point behind fifth-place Greendale and two behind fourth-place New Berlin West.
"I was a little disappointed in our finish," Zervas said. "We won some matches early in the tournament. It was logjammed from third place to sixth place. It could have gone either way. We lost some to some players we probably shouldn't have lost to and lost some matches we probably could have won.
The doubles flights shined for the Trojans, as Terlizzi and Piek won the league title at No. 1 doubles. The No. 2 doubles team of Da Douangvilay and Meghan Schmidt and the No. 3 team of Caroline Rachow and Adie Davies both took second.
Terlizzi and Piek were the top seed at the tournament. They won 6-0, 6-0 over Brown Deer in the quarterfinals, 6-0, 6-3 over fourth-seeded Pewaukee in the semifinals and 6-3, 6-2 over second-seeded New Berlin Eisenhower in the finals.
"They dominated from start to finish," Zervas said. "They showed they were the best team out there."
Douangvilay and Schmidt came into the tournament as the second seed at No. 2 doubles. Following a 7-5, 6-1 over Greendale, they outlasted Pewaukee, 7-6 (5), 6-3, in the semifinals before losing, 6-7 (5), 5-7, in the championship to New Berlin Eisenhower.
The top seed at No. 3 doubles, Rachow and Davies rolled to a 6-0, 6-0 win over New Berlin West in the quarterfinals and grabbed a three-set win, 6-1, 5-7, 6-2, over Greendale in the semifinals. Second-seeded Pewaukee prevented them from a conference title, as the Pirates won the championship match, 6-2, 6-1.
"We had opportunities at No. 2 doubles," Zervas said. "We had set points and were serving for the set in both sets, and we lost. It was a matter of a couple of points here and there, or they could have been conference champs.
"Pewaukee's team played a great match at No. 3 doubles. They just ran into a really, really good team. Nobody would have beat them that night. Our doubles team did a really good job. They've been our anchor all year."