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2008 Marian Wood Baird Cup Report

After 57 years of play, the Midwest Tennis Association’s Jr. Wightman Cup competition was renamed this year in honor of Marian Wood Baird, a long-time USTA volunteer and leader. For the 19th consecutive year, the event was held over three days in June at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. Each of the fourteen districts in the Midwest Section was represented by a team of eight or more young ladies age eighteen or less, including our Wisconsin team.

By finishing second in our four-team pool, we landed in a playoff with Western Michigan for the chance to play in the semifinals. Although we split the six singles matches, we were unable to capture the pivotal doubles point and lost the match 4-3. Our final match was a playoff for 5th place versus Central Indiana, which we lost 0-7. A tough way to end a good weekend of play, but the girls all put forth great effort in losing to a better team.

As always, the sportsmanship and attitudes of the Wisconsin players were exemplary, and the team was a pleasure to chaperone and coach. In fact, Caroline Starck, two-time defending Division 2 WIAA State Singles Champion, was bestowed the event’s highest honor – she won the Leann Grimes Davidge individual sportsmanship award. Voted on by the players, this award distinguishes Caroline among the roughly 120 girls in the competition, and she certainly is deserving.

The following is an alphabetical list of the players and their respective hometowns:

Aly Coran, Mequon
Aiyi Ecker, Mequon
Kristen Kurer, Port Washington
Lauren Lukas, Manitowoc
Rachel Margolies, Madison
Kelsey Schmidt, Brookfield
Brittany Skemp, Brookfield
Caroline Starck, Williams Bay

I’d also like to thank former team member, Hayley Homburg, who was a great asset in her role as Assistant Coach. I look forward to coaching the team again.

Tom Chorney, USPTA
Wisconsin Marian Wood Baird Cup Coach

Caroline Starck

2008 Marian Wood Baird Cup Team

Junior Cup Teams Undergo Name Changes

The U14 Wightman/Davis Cup Competition will be held in West Lafayette, Indiana this summer at Purdue University. The dates will be June 14-17,2007.

2006
Results – USTA/Midwest Section News Release

2006 Junior Wightman Cup Report
3rd Place finish in flight; 5th to 8th place overall to be determined

The 56th annual Jr. Wightman Cup competition was held at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana from June 17-19. Each of the 14 districts in the Midwest Section was represented by a team of eight or more young ladies age eighteen or less.

By virtue of a tough 5-2 loss to Northern Indiana (we lost two three-set singles matches after winning each first set), Wisconsin finished third in its 6-team flight. While a win would have put us in a playoff for third place, the loss put us in a position where we could finish anywhere from 5th to 8th, with that determination coming from the committee in a few days.

As always, the sportsmanship and attitudes of the Wisconsin players were exemplary, and the team was a pleasure to chaperone and coach. The following is an alphabetical list of the players and their respective hometowns:

Mandy Brown, Mequon
Molly Casperson, Neenah
Kate Chybowski, Appleton
Aiyi Ecker, Mequon
Lauren Gruber, Milwaukee
Hayley Homburg, Monona
Issy Hoy, Fox Point
Tess Reddin, Menasha

I’d like to acknowledge the players who have used up their eligibility and will be attending the following colleges in the fall:

Molly Casperson, Butler University
Hayley Homburg, Eastern Illinois
Tess Reddin, Creighton University

I’d also like to thank former JWC team member, Mallory Voelker, who was a great asset in her role as Assistant Coach. I look forward to coaching the team again.


Tom Chorney, USPTA
WI 18 & Under Jr. Wightman Cup Coach

2005
18 & Under Wightman Cup Team – Coach Tom Chorney
Team Members: Mandy Brown, Molly Casperson, Jeanette Feider, Lauren Gruber, Dana Larsen, Emily Lawent, Kate Mirnova, Tess Reddin
Site: Ball State University, Muncie IN

Finished in 6th place. Coach Chorney commented that his team was rewarded for having the highest winning percentage despite being the strongest division.

2004
Wightman Cup Team - Coach Tom Chorney
Finished 7th overall

Teams comprised of the best 18 and under girls from each district participated in the event held June 19-21 at Ball State University in Muncie IN. Team selections are made by the WTA Junior Development Committee and the Wightman Cup Coach.

Coach Chorney reports on the 2004 Midwest Wightman Cup Tournament:
"Our trip went very well, as usual. Due to a lack of depth, we finished between 7th and 9th, depending on the won-loss percentages to be calculated later. Other than some strong winds on Saturday, we had excellent playing conditions and beautiful temperatures the whole time."

Wightman Cup Selections
- Katie Potts
- Danielle Abraham
- Dana Larson
- Mallory Voelker
- Jeanette Feider
- Molly Casperson
- Lauren Gruber
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