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Girls Tennis Makes WIAA History

Girls Tennis Makes WIAA History

USM’s varsity girls’ tennis team won the championship match of the 2023 State Girls Team Tennis Tournament—making them the first Division 2 program in the WIAA’s current two-division format to win the team title, the singles title, and the doubles title in the same postseason. The two-division format debuted in 1994.

The 2023 girls tennis team celebrates winning the WIAA team state championship.

In the tournament, held in October in Madison, Wisconsin, top-seeded USM (15-3) recorded a 6-1 win over third-seeded Xavier in the title match for the second straight season to capture the crown. The Wildcats won all four singles matches, and two of the three doubles match-ups. This is the 12th state team championship in the school’s 15th tournament appearance.

“The girls’ tennis team won their second championship in a row, a well-deserved title,” said Matt Flack, head coach and Upper School English teacher. “The girls all worked so hard in the offseason to hone their skills with the goal of repeating as champs this season. I’m so proud of them. They are more like a family than a team.”

The team members competing at this year's state tournament included Mia Darr ’25, Haley Erlich ’26, Lindsey Gardner ’26, Olivia Gourlay ’27, Aubrey Jayne ’25, Wynter Maitland ’26, Ella McDonald ’26, Jocelyn Stratton '27, Angela Wang ’26, and Isabel Werner ’24.

Wang, who captured the singles championship at the individual tournament held the weekend prior, won her match at No. 1 singles, and Jayne won at the No. 2 slot. Maitland was the winner at No. 3 singles.

In doubles play, the duo of Werner and Darr, who took first place in the individual championships, won their match at No. 1 doubles. Erlich and Gardner topped their opponent at the No. 2 position, and McDonald and Gourlay won their No. 3 doubles match.

A collage of girls tennis players from the 2023 season.
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