Kala Siddalingaiah ’21 and Rebecca Daskal ’22 won the doubles championship in the WIAA Division 2 Individual State Tournament on Saturday, Oct. 17 at the Sports Core in Kohler, Wis.
The two members of the University School of Milwaukee girls’ tennis team began play as the number-one seed based on their 15-2 match record during the regular season as USM’s top doubles team. They did not lose a single set throughout the tournament.
In the final match of the championship, Siddalingaiah and Daskal faced Xavier High School seniors Kylie McCormick and Bella Taleon. The Appleton duo pushed the USM partners to the edge, but the Wildcats fought to a 7-5, 7-5 victory, making Siddalingaiah and Daskal the state champions.
Of her final day on the USM team, Siddalingaiah said, “This being my last match ever with Becca, all I can say is I feel so lucky to have had such an amazing experience on this team with the best partner ever.” Added Daskal, “I am so lucky to have had such an amazing partner all my three years of playing on the team and I am so proud of Kala and myself. I am sad to see Kala leave, but I am glad that winning state was our last match together.”
USM's number-one singles player, Maahum Jan ’21, also competed at state, losing to the tournament’s number-two seed, Catholic Memorial senior Lauren Carson, in the second round. In addition, Beatrice Laterman '24 and Isabel Werner '24 competed at state in doubles, losing in the first round.
Congratulations to the USM girls’ tennis team for an incredible season!