Aeryn Olson

Aeryn Olson, the McFarland girls' tennis team's No. 2 singles' player, will compete in the state tournament this week at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium after a first place finish in the WIAA Division 2 sectional tournament at Watertown Luther Prep. Joining her will be the Spartans' No. 1 doubles team of Greta Corcoran and Grace Henes.

While the McFarland High School girls tennis team will not advance to the state team tournament, two of its flights will be making the trip to UW-Madison Nielsen Tennis Stadium.

Senior Aeryn Olson, who played for the Spartans at No. 2 singles, qualified for state after going undefeated in the subsectional and sectional rounds. She begins play Thursday, Oct. 17, at 5:45 p.m. against Kohler’s Anushka Mangal, who has a record of 28-1.

Olson, who has a 14-8 mark, won her sectional semifinal round at Watertown Luther Prep by a 7-5, 7-5 decision over Ella Reichenbacher of Aquinas. She went on to win the sectional crown with a 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 win over Cassie Warren of Luther.

McFarland’s No. 1 doubles team of Greta Corcoran and Grace Henes will compete at state as a special qualifier after winning 15 of 19 matches during the season. They are scheduled to take on Libby Whirry and Jessica Jarvis of Baldwin-Woodville on Thursday, Oct. 17, at 7:15 p.m.

The twosome missed out on a shot for the sectional championship after falling in the semifinals to Kate Harris and Ally Wagner of Altoona 6-3, 6-2.

Two other McFarland flights brought home sectional champions as Laura Maudlin at No. 3 singles topped Kaylee Raabe of Luther in the battle for first place, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4. No. 4 singles competitor Lexi Mazzara also won her title match over Tessa Gundersen of Aquinas 6-4, 6-4. Maudlin ended her season with a 14-8 record, and Mazzara had only one loss in 21 matches. At No. 1 singles, McFarland senior Michelle Butcher survived the subsectional round but lost in the sectional semifinal to Altoona’s Morgan Dekan 6-4, 6-1.

As for the winner-take-all battle to go to state team tournament, McFarland ended up with 32 points, based on a combination of subsectional and sectional results. Yet, Luther got past the Spartans with 34, and earned the right to play for the state title.

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