Tristin Jantz and Lainy Ristau will be headed back to the WIAA Division-1 State Girls Tennis Tournament this week.
Jantz, a Central senior, and Ristau, an Indian Trail junior, both qualified automatically by reaching the championship match last week Thursday at No. 1 singles in a Division-1 sectional at Brookfield Central.
The State Individual Tournament is scheduled for Thursday through Saturday at Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison.
In last Thursday’s sectional title match, Ristau defeated Jantz, 6-1, 6-0, to claim the sectional championship.
For Ristau, it’s her third trip to state in as many varsity seasons with the Hawks. She advanced to the third round of the singles bracket as a freshman in 2019 before being knocked out in the first round as a sophomore last year.
Ristau (25-3) is unseeded in this year’s singles draw and will face unseeded Stevens Point junior Jessica Klemen (16-9) in a first-round match at 10:30 a.m. Thursday. The winner advances to face second-seeded Divine Savior Holy Angels sophomore Carolyn Schaefer, who’s 26-1 and has a first-round bye, in the second round at approximately 5:30 p.m. Thursday.
Jantz, meanwhile, will be at state for the second straight year after reaching the second round as a junior last year.