Caroline Starck became only the sixth player to earn three or more state girls singles tennis titles, dropping only three games in four matches to earn the Division 2 crown Saturday.
The Big Foot/Williams Bay senior capped her three-year run with a second straight finals title against rival Beth Ganser of Jefferson, this time by a 6-0, 6-1 decision.
Starck, the top seed who finished 36-0, had disposed of sophomore Amanda Dick of Kenosha St. Joseph in the semifinals by 6-1, 6-1 scores. Meanwhile, second-seeded Ganser had fought off No. 3 Rachel Vrabec of Appleton Xavier in a battle of seniors, 6-2, 7-6(7), winding up 27-4.
Vrabec then downed Dick 6-1, 6-3 to grab third place.
However, that wasn't the only action at Madison's Nielsen Stadium, where Mequon Homestead freshman Aly Coran dominated the Division 1 singles bracket, also finishing 36-0 after posting a 6-4, 6-1 victory against No. 2 seed sophomore Katy Allen of Waukesha South (35-1), a rivalry that should only get better.
Allen had beaten third-seeded Jennifer Winston, a junior from Nicolet, by a 7-5, 3-6, 6-4 margin in the semis. Winston finished 29-7 after taking third place with a 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 triumph over fifth-seeded Rachel Margolies of Madison West.
In Division 1 doubles, the top two seeded tandems fell in the semifinals, leaving the No. 2 duo of Divine Savior Holy Angels seniors Lauren Gryniewicz and Scarlett Hoy in the finals against No. 4 seed from Homestead, senior Jennifer Smith and junior Brittany Watchmaker.
Gryniewicz and Hoy, who had finished third in 2007, claimed the trophy, handing Smith and Watchmaker their first setback of the year by a 5-7, 7-6(4), 6-3 decision. The DSHA mates finished 23-3, including a 6-3, 7-5 win over the second-seeded Homestead team of seniors Aubree Schulz and Rebecca Wiener.
Meanwhile, Smith and Watchmaker (26-1) had eliminated the top-seeded Whitefish Bay pair of seniors Haley Davison and Emily MacKay by 7-6(3), 6-4 to reach the finale. The latter duo lost the third-place match to Schulz and Wiener, 6-2, 6-2.
In D-2 doubles, the championship finished according to seedings, with the No. 1 team from Manitowoc Roncalli, juniors Elissa Halla and Natalie Foster (23-2) upending second-seeded junior Mary Catherine Faller and sophomore Katie Pott of Green Bay Notre Dame (26-3) by a 6-3, 7-5 verdict.
Faller and Pott had downed the No. 3 seeded tandem of sophomore Lucy Bartlett and senior Annie Lesko of University School, 6-4, 6-2 in the semis, while Halla and Foster had knocked off Notre Dame's previously unbeaten pair of sophomore Allie Woodward and freshman Anne Marie McKenzie by a 7-5, 6-1 count.
Woodward and McKenzie then upended Bartlett and Lesko, 2-6, 6-4, 7-6(2), to take third place.