Hemmelman hoping for success in second state appearance

Lost last year in opening round at WIAA state tournament

One year after getting knocked out in the first round of the WIAA state tournament Luther senior Anna Hemmelman is back.

“Hopefully be a little less nervous. But playing a completely new person and whole new bracket. It’s nice to have played there before and been there before.”

The WIAA state girls tennis tournament runs Thursday through Sunday. Hemmelman is seeded 8th in the Division 2 individual bracket.

“She’s just really taking her game to another level this year. She’s gotten smarter, she’s gotten quicker, stronger and she’s just a lot of fun to watch,” said Luther girls tennis head coach Mark Ross.

Hemmelman attacked this season determined to return to Madison. Her current record is 27-2.

“When you’ve been through something and you kind of know what to expect and kind of have that as a goal . Obviously a little disappointment last year getting knocked out in the first round,” said Ross.

“She didn’t play her best match. I definitely think she’s been looking forward to going back and competing again.”