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Larrain, Rupar's state success makes them Newsline 9 Athletes of the Week

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(WAOW) - Coming into the season, no player on the Newman girls tennis team had ever placed in the top five of the singles' state tournament.

Now, they have two.

"Having them both on the podium at state, representing not only Newman, but central Wisconsin in tennis, it just doesn't get any better than that for tennis," Newman head coach Deb Rupar said.

"It shows that we've been working so hard and both of us, tennis is our first sport and we put it first and it shows our program is really strong and growing," Newman No. 1 singles player Daley Rupar said.

In her third straight trip to state, number one singles player Daley Rupar finished fourth, while, in her first appearance, sophomore Grace Larrain advanced the championship match before falling in straight sets.

"I really didn't expect it, but it's a good feeling because I got there so young so now I have two years to do even better," Larrain said.

"We've been playing all year and I knew she was a great player and she could do that," Daley Rupar said. "To see her actually do that was pretty cool."

Rupar and Larrain came within one match of facing each other for the state title. Despite, not having an all-Newman final, the two are pleased with their finish and their coach says she was saved from being put in a tough position

"I don't know how I would coach that. How it worked out, it worked out great," Deb Rupar said.

"It would've been close," Larrain said. "It could've gone either way because we both would've been playing so good."

"It was really nice," Daley Rupar said. "It definitely made my high school career worth it and all the time and effort I put into tennis. It was definitely worth it and it was a good way to end my high school career."

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