The Menomonee Falls and Germantown boys tennis teams face an uphill battle almost everyday during the regular season, competing in the top-heavy Greater Metro and North Shore Conferences, respectively.
So it was good to see that the two area rivals could thrive outside their arduous league schedules as Falls edged Germantown for the title in the Warhawks' own quadrangular on a beautiful May 7 day.
First-year Indian coach Matt Adreshak was very pleased by the result.
'The boys went 19-2 in match play today,' he said. 'Danny Balister, Alex Budde, Matt Drier and Dylan Tautges all went undefeated at singles, all taking home first-place medals in their flights. Jim Eisenhauer and Bo Siebert also won all three matches at second doubles taking home the gold as well.
Falls scored 19 points for the title in the quad as Germantown was second with 16, Hartford five and New Berlin West two.
The effort capped a solid week for the Indians, as in their Greater Metro matches of the past week, they had to swallow hard and take on the top two teams in the state in defending WIAA state champion Marquette (4-3 loss) and Brookfield East (5-2 loss).
Andreshak was pleased with how competitive the Indians were, especially against Marquette on May 3 as Balister, Budde and Drier swept the first three singles flights, respectively.
The first doubles team of Corey Drier and Colin Fluegge narrowly missed their chance at helping the Indians pull off a major upset when they dropped a tough, three-set marathon.
Andreshak called it a 'great effort.'
In the May 4 loss to East, Falls got wins from fourth singles player Dylan Tautges and the third doubles team of Adam Rubin and Reuel Kumar.
For Germantown at the quadrangular, the Warhawks picked up individual flight titles from the first doubles team of Xander Rait and Justin Luo and the third doubles team of Ryan Sobczak of John Weber. Both duos were 3-0.
Seconds went to Jeremy Bell at first singles, Jacob Coulthurst at second singles, Porter Wisniewski at third singles, Evan Baeckman at fourth singles and to the second doubles team of John Loftus and Reid Pohland.
The Warhawks also lost a tough North Shore dual to Cedarburg, 4-3, as Wisniewski and Baeckman both won tough singles matches, as did the team of Rait and Luo at first doubles. The second and third doubles teams both lost tough, three-set matches.
Coach Jeff Stodola was very pleased with the effort in the loss.
'(It was an) important match for both conference and (WIAA) subsectional seedings,' he said. 'Cedarburg is a strong, senior-dominated team, and it was collectively our best dual of the season when it came to focus, effort and determination. Hopefully, it was a match to build on for the rest of the season as we end the conference season and prepare for the post-season.'
The Warhawks also routed Port Washington, 6-1, in another North Shore dual as Bell, Coulthurst and Baeckman all won in straight sets in singles and the doubles teams of Rait and Luo; Loftus and Pohland; and Sobczak and Weber all dominated their matches, dropping a combined total of just one game.
'Overall, it was a good, challenging week of tennis,' Stodola said. 'Very satisfied with the progress being made with this young team (three seniors, one junior, five sophomores and one freshman).'