For the first time since 2006, New Berlin Eisenhower is sending multiple entrants to the WIAA state individual tournament.
Freshman Lauren Landstrom qualified for state at No. 1 singles, while the No. 2 doubles team of sophomores Gabby Majinski and Kate McCormick won the sectional championship to move on.
Eisenhower's No. 1 doubles team of senior Erin Dobrzynski and junior Samantha Ramsey also earned a spot at state as special qualifiers.
The WIAA individual state tournament will be held Oct. 13-15 at Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison.
"We play in a very difficult subsectional with several perennial powers, and getting a singles player and two doubles teams to Madison is just amazing," Eisenhower coach Mike Jenders said. "The girls are very deserving and will represent Ike well and enjoy an unforgettable experience at state."
Needing to win her first match at the Brookfield East subsectional at Elm Grove Park on Oct. 6 to grab a spot at state, Landstrom dropped the first set, 5-7, to Wilmot's Bianca Anderson. She recovered to win the second set, 6-4, before grabbing a 10-8 victory in the decisive third set.
Landstrom (20-7 overall) then fell to Logan White of DSHA (6-0, 6-1) and Sasha Semina of Brookfield Central (6-3, 6-1) to take fourth place in the sectional.
The freshman is the first Eisenhower singles player to make the state tournament since Kim Perla in 2006.
"It is a huge credit to Lauren that she was able to come through with a win under immense pressure in her first match at sectionals," Jenders said. "Qualifying for state as a freshman is an impressive feat, and Lauren has a great chance to make some noise in Madison."
At No. 2 doubles, Majinski and McCormick (11-3 overall) needed to win the sectional in order to grab an automatic berth to state.
The duo took down Lauren Mossman and Caitlyn Dolan of Kenosha Tremper (6-2, 6-0) and Janelle Shiffler and Courtney Weidenback of Union Grove (6-7 (3), 6-3, 6-1) to move on.
"Gabby and Kate played fantastic tennis as a No. 1 doubles team toward the end of our Woodland season and earned the right to play at subsectionals together," Jenders said. "I knew they had a great opportunity to win the Sectional at No. 2 and earn the direct spot at state, and they did not disappoint."
Playing for an automatic state berth, Dobrzynski and Ramsey (12-3 overall) lost, 2-6, 4-6, to Chloe Woods and Allie Miller of Union Grove.
The last Eisenhower doubles team to make state was Hanna Muche and Katie Lang in 2012. This year, the Lions are sending two teams to Madison thanks to Dobrzynski and Ramsey earning a spot as special qualifiers.
"It was expected based on their solid resume this season," Jenders said of receiving a special qualifier. "Sam and Erin have both worked very hard for years both in and out of the high school season, and they will be a dangerous team in Madison for sure."
The No. 3 doubles team of sophomore Julia Hintz and senior Shannon Hegeman took down Brooke Wysiatko and Katie Barningham of Westosha Central (6-0, 6-2) but lost to Sophia Stangl and Austin Schmidt of DSHA (4-6, 6-1, 4-6) in the sectional championship.
Landstrom will face junior Brianna Bembenek (15-8) of West Bend West in her opening match at state at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 13. Majinski and McCormick will take on seniors Alexa Brooks and Cassidy Trotter (12-5) of Beaver Dam at 1:30 p.m., and Dobrzynski and Ramsey will play sophomores Lexi Hastings and Lindsey Johnson (20-6) of Menomonee at 2:30.
Eisenhower's three doubles teams and Landstrom advanced to sectionals at the Brookfield East subsectional on Oct. 4.
Landstrom moved on with a 6-1, 6-1 win over New Berlin West's Teresa Wan. Dobrzynski and Ramsey easily advanced with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Whitnall. Majinski and McCormick downed West Allis Hale (6-0, 6-0) and Brookfield East (6-4, 6-3), while Hintz and Hegeman beat Whitnall (6-0, 6-0) and Brookfield East (6-2, 6-1).
Lauren Kosch won her first match at No. 2 singles before falling to Jordan Schifano of DSHA in the match to go to sectionals. At No. 4 singles, Cindy Liu had her season end with a loss to Sabrina Zhong of Brookfield East.