Verona’s Naisha Nagpal continued an impressive freshman campaign by qualifying for the WIAA Division 1 individual state girls tennis tournament during a sectional hosted by Waunakee on Wednesday, Oct. 6, at Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison.

Nagpal made a run to the championship match at the No. 1 singles flight, but lost a three-set match to Middleton’s Netra Somasundaram. Nagpal was edged by a score of 6-1, 4-6, 10-4.

Nagpal started off the sectional with a 6-2, 6-0 victory over La Crosse Central’s Sienna Torgerud. The freshman topped Sauk Prairie’s Quinlyn Mack 6-2, 6-1 in the semifinal match.

“I think she got stronger and stronger as the day went on,” Verona head coach Mark Happel said. “Which is great because the competition got better as the day went on obviously.”

The Division 1 individual state girls tennis tournament is set for Thursday, Oct. 14 to Saturday, Oct. 16 at Nielsen Tennis Stadium.

Verona’s Zoe Qureshi (No. 3 singles) and Elsa Queoff (No. 4 singles) also advanced to the championship match in their respective flights.

Qureshi was beaten by Middleton’s Lydia Sabat 6-4, 6-4 in the final, while Queoff was defeated by Madison West’s Grace Huang 6-2, 6-0.

Qureshi defeated Holmen’s Delaney Gelder 6-3, 6-2 to reach the championship match. Queoff bested Holmen’s Emma Goede 6-1, 6-1 in her semifinal bout.

“They both (Qureshi and Queoff) had fantastic seasons as well,” Happel said.

Middleton defeated Madison West 45-29 to earn the sectional title. Verona finished in fifth.

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