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Luther tennis rides record season into Conference Tournament

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Onalaska Luther tennis has been dominant for more than a decade, but take a look at the Knights this season, and you'll see their poised for even greater things in 2015.

With a 4-0 triumph over Mauston on Tuesday, Luther is now 21-0 on the season, setting a school record. The Knights have also won their last 44 conference dual meets against Coulee Conference foes.

"They don't let a lot of things get to them. It helps too that they're pretty experienced," head coach Mark Ross said. "Really the work that they put in and just be real consistent to what they do."

Luther's top four singles players have combined for 75 wins this season, led by junior Anna Dobbe's 21 at #3 singles. Senior Anna Hemmelman, who set a school record with 24 wins in 2014, is 19-1 at #1 singles.

Carlena Yang (17-3) and Julia Hoffe (18-3) round out a potent lineup that will try to win a 11th consecutive Coulee Conference Tournament title on Saturday.

"We just have to go out and play up to our level. Sometimes you get that pressure on you with the tournament and you just let that get to you and you kind of force things a little, so all we just need to do is go out and play like we can," Ross said.

"We've got a lot of hard matches coming up to keep us working hard and to stay doing good like we have," Dobbe said. "So I think we're going to have to keep challenging ourselves and keep pushing ourselves to do good."

Ella Loersch and Amanda Moldenhauer are 14-6 at #1 doubles. They're looking to be the fourth duo in a row to advance to the state tournament in Madison next month.

"They've improved a lot this year," Ross said. "They'll get some tough matches coming up here, really see where they compete against those at the sectional level."

Luther will have to contend with eight other teams at sectionals in early October. Eau Claire Regis and Altoona were the top two teams in 2014, denying the Knights its first team appearance at the state tournament. 

The Knights will host the Rails on Tuesday.

"It's a lot of fun to play really good people because it really challenges you," Hemmelman said. "Even if you lose, you learn from it, so it's really great, we love it."

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