October 18, 2019
By Scott Williams
MADISON – No. 8 seed Natasha Bailey made sure she didn’t get off to a slow start in her Division 1 round of 16 singles match Friday.
The Wausau West junior earned a spot in the state quarterfinals in relatively comfortable fashion by dispatching ninth-seeded Grace Sueflohn of Kettle Moraine 6-4, 6-2 at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium.
In her opening match of the tournament Bailey dropped the opening set before finding her game to dominate the final two sets against Elianne Del Campo.
Next up for Bailey (31-3) was a stiff test against top-seeded Divine Savior Holy Angels’ Jordan Schifano, a 6-0, 6-0 winner over Abby Breml of Madison West.
Schifano got the best of Bailey, winning 6-3, 6-0.
Bailey will have a shot at a fifth place finish as she battles Lauren Landstrom of New Berlin Eisenhower.
On the doubles, side, Wausau East’s top tandem of Zoe Briquelet Miller and Lee Ratanawong faced a major step up in competition Friday.
On paper, it couldn’t have been any tougher in fact since the duo standing across the net from them was top-seeded Lauren Sobieski and Maddie Toboyek of Muskego.
Ratanawong and Briquelet Miller put up a fight but the Muskego pairing showed why they’re considered the favorites to bring home a state title.
The Lumberjacks duo watched their state tournament run come to a screeching halt with a 6-1, 6-2 loss in the second round. Briquelet Miller and Ratanawong end their season at 18-4.
Newman Catholic sophomore Becky Larrain is now three wins away from joining sisters Grace (2013) and Mia (2018) as WIAA state singles champions.
Becky Larrain, the sixth seed, handled her second round business with relative ease by defeating Morgan Dekan of Altoona, 6-2, 7-5, to grab a berth in the state quarterfinals.
Standing in Becky’s way in the quarterfinals was Shorewood’s third-seeded Margaret Bugnacki, a 6-1, 6-2 winner over Kate Smith of Racine St. Catherine’s/Racine Lutheran.
Bugnacki defeated Larrain 6-2, 6-0 to advance, while Larrain is set to battle Mallory Moen of Saint Mary Catholic for a chance to finish fifth overall.