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Ramstein senior Kassianna von Eicken won her semifinal match at the DODEA European tennis championships on Friday, Oct. 21, 2022, in Wiesbaden, Germany. Von Eicken will play for the singles title on Saturday.

Ramstein senior Kassianna von Eicken won her semifinal match at the DODEA European tennis championships on Friday, Oct. 21, 2022, in Wiesbaden, Germany. Von Eicken will play for the singles title on Saturday. (Jennifer H. Svan/Stars and Stripes)

WIESBADEN, Germany – Almost all the top seeds in the DODEA European tennis championships made it through the semifinals Friday to earn a shot at Saturday titles.

In singles action, the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds will face off: Kaiserslautern’s Stella Schmitz vs. Ramstein’s Kassianna von Eicken and Ramstein’s Tristan Chandler vs. Marymount’s Leonardo Proietti.

All four have sailed through the tournament undefeated.

Schmitz, a sophomore playing in her first European singles bracket after winning a doubles title last year with teammate Abigail Hover, overcame some early jitters to overpower third-seeded Asalei Caffarelli from Marymount, 6-1, 6-0.

“I definitely came in a little nervous,” Schmitz said. “Usually I’m not that nervous, which I surprised myself with that. But I think I handled the nerves pretty well and I could play my game.”

Von Eicken also won her semifinals match, 6-1, 6-0, against Sigonella’s Charlize Caro, the No. 4 seed.

A senior, Von Eicken is excited to be in the finals after being sidelined the last two years due to injury. As a freshman, she finished third at Europeans.

“I’m glad to be back for my senior year,” she said.

Chandler, who won as a freshman for Kaiserslautern, is the only returning singles champion. He bettered Kaiserslautern’s Alexander Brunt, 6-0, 6-0 - a victory that was bittersweet, he said.

“Having to play against my old teammate, it was difficult at first,” Chandler said. He’ll be rooting for Brunt to get third on Saturday, while aiming to defend his title. He’ll face Proietti, who disposed of the No. 6 seed, Naples’ Sam Stutzman, 6-0, 6-0.

“It was a fun match,” Stutzman said. “I definitely gave him a hard time on some points.”

Naples' Sam Stutzman made it to the semifinals on Friday, Oct. 21, 2022, at the DODEA European tennis championships in Wiesbaden, Germany, as a No. 6 seed.

Naples' Sam Stutzman made it to the semifinals on Friday, Oct. 21, 2022, at the DODEA European tennis championships in Wiesbaden, Germany, as a No. 6 seed. (Jennifer H. Svan/Stars and Stripes)

Kaiserslautern’s Stella Schmitz won her semifinal match at the DODEA European tennis championships on Friday, Oct. 21, 2022, in Wiesbaden, Germany. Schmitz, a sophomore, will go after her first individual European tennis title on Saturday.

Kaiserslautern’s Stella Schmitz won her semifinal match at the DODEA European tennis championships on Friday, Oct. 21, 2022, in Wiesbaden, Germany. Schmitz, a sophomore, will go after her first individual European tennis title on Saturday. (Jennifer H. Svan/Stars and Stripes)

Kaiserslautern’s Alisa Dietzel returns the ball during a doubles match against Vicenza at the DODEA European tennis championships on Friday, Oct. 21, 2022, in Wiesbaden, Germany. Dietzel and teammate Abigail Hover will play in the finals against Stuttgart on Saturday.

Kaiserslautern’s Alisa Dietzel returns the ball during a doubles match against Vicenza at the DODEA European tennis championships on Friday, Oct. 21, 2022, in Wiesbaden, Germany. Dietzel and teammate Abigail Hover will play in the finals against Stuttgart on Saturday. (Jennifer H. Svan/Stars and Stripes)

Marymount’s Leonardo Proietti goes airborne during his semifinal game on Friday, Oct. 21, 2022, at the DODEA European tennis championships in Wiesbaden, Germany.

Marymount’s Leonardo Proietti goes airborne during his semifinal game on Friday, Oct. 21, 2022, at the DODEA European tennis championships in Wiesbaden, Germany. (Jennifer H. Svan/Stars and Stripes)

Sigonella’s Charlize Caro goes after the ball during her semifinal game on Friday, Oct. 21, 2022, at the DODEA European tennis championships in Wiesbaden, Germany. Caro lost to Ramstein senior Kassianna von Eicken.

Sigonella’s Charlize Caro goes after the ball during her semifinal game on Friday, Oct. 21, 2022, at the DODEA European tennis championships in Wiesbaden, Germany. Caro lost to Ramstein senior Kassianna von Eicken. (Jennifer H. Svan/Stars and Stripes)

Vicenza’s Annika Svenson hits the ball during doubles play to Stuttgart’s Kiera French at the DODEA European tennis championships on Friday, Oct. 21, 2022, in Wiesbaden, Germany. Svenson and teammate Addie Wilson lost to French and her sister, Devin French, in three sets in the semifinals.

Vicenza’s Annika Svenson hits the ball during doubles play to Stuttgart’s Kiera French at the DODEA European tennis championships on Friday, Oct. 21, 2022, in Wiesbaden, Germany. Svenson and teammate Addie Wilson lost to French and her sister, Devin French, in three sets in the semifinals. (Jennifer H. Svan/Stars and Strip)

Naples' Ben Avalos lunges for the ball while teammate Nicholas Cruz looks on during a semifinals doubles match against Ramstein on Friday, Oct. 21, 2022, at the DODEA European tennis championships in Wiesbaden, Germany.

Naples' Ben Avalos lunges for the ball while teammate Nicholas Cruz looks on during a semifinals doubles match against Ramstein on Friday, Oct. 21, 2022, at the DODEA European tennis championships in Wiesbaden, Germany. (Jennifer H. Svan/Stars and Stripes)

Stuttgart’s Noah Shive chases the ball during the doubles semifinals alongside teammate Zach Call at the DODEA European tennis championships on Friday, Oct. 21, 2022, in Wiesbaden, Germany. The Stuttgart duo beat Vicenza’s Sam Grady and Andrew Reed to reach the finals.

Stuttgart’s Noah Shive chases the ball during the doubles semifinals alongside teammate Zach Call at the DODEA European tennis championships on Friday, Oct. 21, 2022, in Wiesbaden, Germany. The Stuttgart duo beat Vicenza’s Sam Grady and Andrew Reed to reach the finals. (Jennifer H. Svan/Stars and Stripes)

Ramstein’s Sean Kim serves the ball next to his brother and teammate, Eric Kim, during a semifinals match at the DODEA European tennis championships on Friday, Oct. 21, 2022, in Wiesbaden, Germany.

Ramstein’s Sean Kim serves the ball next to his brother and teammate, Eric Kim, during a semifinals match at the DODEA European tennis championships on Friday, Oct. 21, 2022, in Wiesbaden, Germany. (Jennifer H. Svan/Stars and Stripes)

Ramstein’s Tristan Chandler hits the ball on the run during a match on Friday. Oct. 21, 2022, at the DODEA European tennis championships at Wiesbaden, Germany. Chandler will seek to defend his 2021 singles title on Saturday.

Ramstein’s Tristan Chandler hits the ball on the run during a match on Friday. Oct. 21, 2022, at the DODEA European tennis championships at Wiesbaden, Germany. Chandler will seek to defend his 2021 singles title on Saturday. (Jennifer H. Svan/Stars and Stripes)

In doubles action, Stuttgart siblings Devin and Kiera French survived a nailbiter against Vicenza freshmen Addie Wilson and Annika Svenson in three sets, 6-3, 5-7, 10-5. The French sisters entered the tourney as the No. 1 seed after ending the regular season undefeated. They finished fourth last year and have been striving for a doubles’ title all season.

“That’s the one thing I wanted to do for Devin’s last year here,” said Kiera French, a year younger than her senior sister. “We’re so excited.”

Devin French said Wilson and Svenson gave them “our closest match ever. They are definitely good players.”

Wilson and Svenson almost earned a rematch against Kaiserslautern’s Hover and Alisa Dietzel. The Raiders duo beat Naples’ Liliana Stutzman and Talia Lord, 6-1, 6-0, in the semifinals. Hover and Dietzel defeated Wilson and Svenson 8-2 in pool play earlier Friday.

On the boys’ side, Stuttgart’s Noah Shive and Zachary Call upended Vicenza’s Sam Grady and Andrew Reed for a spot in the finals. They’ll try to end a Cinderella run by Naples’ Nick Cronk and Ben Avalos. The sixth-seeded Cronk and Avalos battled past No. 3 seed Ramstein brothers Eric and Sean Kim, 6-2, 6-3.

“I think we played the best match of our life,” Cronk said of the semifinals win.

The underdogs dropped only one match in the tourney – to Stuttgart.

“It’s our revenge match,” Avalos said of Saturday’s game.

Play on Saturday begins at 9:30 a.m. at the T2 Sports Health Club.

DODEA European tennis championships

Friday at Wiesbaden

Boys

Singles

Pool A

Tristan Chandler (Ramstein) def. Beckham Witty (Hohenfels) 8-0, Samuel Stutzman (Naples) def. Alejandro Cuesta (SHAPE) 8-4, Cuesta def. Cameron Holloway (Vilseck) 8-0.

Pool B

Leonardo Proietti (Marymount) def. Alexander Brunk (Kaiserslautern) 8-0, Carson Owens (Bahrain) def. Grant Rohrer (Brussels) 8-3, Rohrer def. Gray Bayless (AFNORTH) 8-1.

Semifinals

Chandler def. Brunk 6-0, 6-0; Proietti def. Stutzman 6-0, 6-0

Doubles

Pool A

Noah Shive/Zachary Call (Stuttgart) def. Nick Cronk/Ben Avalos (Naples) 8-6, Shive/Call def. Gethin Moose/Tyler Kesinger (Alconbury) 8-0, Cronk/Avalos def. Joseph Moody/Adrian Metcalf (Hohenfels) 8-1, Nicholas Lanker/Grant Sturgeon (Rota) def. Moody/Metcalf 10-7, 9-8, Moose/ Kesinger def. Lanker/Sturgeon 8-2.

Pool B

Jacob Gerber/Jace Martin (Kaiserslautern) def. Eric Kim/Sean Kim (Ramstein) 8-6, Sam Grady/Andrew Reed (Vicenza) def. Calvin Moncada/Jesse Rico (Lakenheath) 8-0, Grady/Reed def. Matthew Mendoza/Ja’Cori Thomas (Bahrain) 8-0.

Semifinals

Shive/Call def. Grady/Reed 6-2, 6-3; Cronk/Avalos def. Kim/Kim 6-2, 6-3.

Girls

Singles

Pool A

Stella Schmitz (Kaiserslautern) def. Charlize Caro (Sigonella) 8-0, Delia Gordon (Vicenza) def. Meredith Maxwell (Ansbach) 8-0, Isabel Williams (Stuttgart) def. Maxwell 8-3.

Pool B

Kassianna von Eicken (Ramstein) def. Asalei Caffarelli (Marymount) 8-2, Carla Cuesta (SHAPE) def. Samantha Moran (Spangdahlem) 8-2, Cuesta def. Sheckina Boswell (AFNORTH) 8-0.

Semifinals

Schmitz def. Caffarelli 6-1, 6-0; Von Eicken def. Caro 6-1, 6-0.

Doubles

Pool A

Devin French/Kiera French (Stuttgart) def. Talia Lord/Liliana Stutzman (Naples) 8-1, Mariana Torrente de la Pisa/Chiara D’Arrigo (SHAPE) def. Anceline Sanchez/Rachana Dacumos (Alconbury) 8-1, Kennedy Call/Aliya Jones (Ramstein) def. Sanchez/Dacumos 8-1.

Pool B

Abigail Hover/Alisa Dietzel (Kaiserslautern) def. Addie Wilson/Annika Svenson (Vicenza) 8-2, Abigail Halttunen/Riley Thomas (Brussels) Elizabeth Petrich/Maddison Beedham (Lakenheath) 8-5, Halttunen/Thomas def. Bella Rainey/Sophia Rainey (Wiesbaden) 8-4.

Semifinals

French/French def. Wilson/Svenson 6-3, 5-7, 10-5; Hover/Dietzel def. Lord/Stutzman 6-1, 6-0

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Jennifer reports on the U.S. military from Kaiserslautern, Germany, where she writes about the Air Force, Army and DODEA schools. She’s had previous assignments for Stars and Stripes in Japan, reporting from Yokota and Misawa air bases. Before Stripes, she worked for daily newspapers in Wyoming and Colorado. She’s a graduate of the College of William and Mary in Virginia.

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