It will seem like old times for Monona Grove High School senior girls tennis player Hailey Munz, who has qualified for the WIAA Division 1 state tournament four years in a row. Munz’s second-place finish among No. 1 singles players at the WIAA Division 1 sectionals in Oconomowoc on Wednesday, Oct. 9, guaranteed her a return to the UW-Madison Nielsen Tennis Stadium, where she will open Thursday, Oct. 17, against Mia Bakke of New Richmond.
Munz has a record of 21-9 and Bakke stands at 17-8. Munz reached the state tournament as a freshman and sophomore on the No. 1 doubles team with the Silver Eagles Amanda Newman. The duo won the state title when Munz was a sophomore. Munz qualified as a No. 1 singles player in her junior year.
Munz defeated Elkhorn’s Ava Gromacki 6-0, 6-1 and Madison La Follette’s Minami Rikimaru 6-1, 6-4 to advance to the championship round.
Yet, Munz couldn’t take first prize after a 6-0, 6-0 defeat to Zaya Iderzul of Badger.
Jewel Lindwall, the Silver Eagles No. 2 singles player, earned a trip to state as a special qualifier after a regular season record of 25-4.
She will play Grace Olson of Madison Memorial, also on Oct. 17. Lindwall defeated Jameson Gregory of Big Foot in the semifinal 6-3, 6-2 but lost a three-set battle in the championship round to Badger’s Sydney Miller 4-6, 6-1, 6-2.
At No. 4 singles, Payton Lee brought home a sectional title for MG as a 6-0, 6-1 win over Juliet Hassey of Oconomowoc in the title round. No. 3 singles player Maelia Dziedzic also had a shot for a sectional crown but lost to Badger’s Annabelle Roberts in two sets. At No. 3 doubles, MG’s Mary Clark and Maggie Davis lost in the semifinals to Elia Klug and Emma Fassano of Badger in three sets, 6-4, 6-7, 6-4.