Crushing their rackets

Women’s Tennis Team pulls off second win in two weeks


Michael McLoone/UW-Whitewater Athletics

Junior Madalyn Bigelow prepares to hit the ball during the Warhawks match against Cardinal Stritch at Lake Geneva Tennis Saturday Feb, 13.

Hunter Wade, Journalist

The UW-Whitewater women’s tennis team defeated North Central (IL) Friday, March 20th collecting its second straight non conference win playing NCAA Division III at Lake Geneva Tennis.

The Warhawks (overall 3-5) beat North Central 7-2 in the dual, winning two doubles points before taking five of the six singles matches. 

“Last night was a real good test. North Central was really good last year, they were really impressive last night,” said head coach Frank Barnes.

Highlights from the match included Kasey Schlicht and Sabrina Palavra teamed up at No.1 doubles for an 8-1 victory for UW-Whitewater. 

Molly Rueth and Courtney Day earned an 8-5 win at the No. 3 position to give the team its second point. Oliva Kraft pulled off a 6-3, 6-2 win at No. 3 singles to make it 3-1. 

Schilicht returned at the spot in straight sets with a 7-6 (4), 6-1 with victory, and Palavra shook off a first-set loss for a 2-6, 6-1, 6-1 win at No. 4 to close the duel for UW-Whitewater.

“It was a really hard fought match. Whitewater plays really well at home. And it was a great atmosphere and great tennis college match,” said North Central Head coach Ryan Jump. 

The Warhawk women are preparing for their next match in Eau Claire next Sunday, March 28, for a duel against Bethel (Minn.). First serve at Eau Claire’s YMCA is set for 2 p.m.

“We have always been a team with great energy on and off the court and I think that really helps everyone out when they are out on the court and messes with the other team so if we keep that up I’m sure we will continue to be successful,” said Madalyn Bigelow