Even with lineup changes due to injuries, the Hamilton tennis team won three matches last week. The Chargers began with a 6-1 victory over Milwaukee King on April 27. A day later, Hamilton lost to Greater Metro Conference rival Menomonee Falls, 5-2. On April 30 at the Hamilton Quad, HHS beat Pewaukee, 5-2, and defeated Waukesha West, 6-1.
But missing were two key singles players for HHS. Tony Moore injured his hand in a match with Oconomowoc on April 22, and coach Alan Schneider said Moore will have an MRI this week to determine the severity of the injury. Sam Smith, another singles player for the Chargers, suffered an arm injury. Smith missed three matches, but returned at the Hamilton Quad in a doubles match against Waukesha West to test his arm and will return to regular action this week.
'With two starting varsity players out, I have had to attempt new lineups for each of the four matches, mixing in doubles players into the singles lineup,' Schneider said. 'Despite these setbacks and adjustments, we still have within reach a school record of 14 wins.'
Against Falls and King, Schneider moved Max Stacey and Luke Walters from No. 2 doubles to the singles lineup. Both played singles for the first time this season.
Walters defeated Falls' Jared Pettiford in three sets, 6-3, 3-6, 6-2. Walters picked up another win against King. Stacey also won in a match with King's Ray Ketchman, 6-0, 7-5. Alex Menzia was added to the singles lineup against Pewaukee and Waukesha West and added two wins.
'Also on Saturday, we were helped with big doubles wins from Devin McMurry and Myles Packer in both matches,' Schneider said. 'Andy O'Neill joined Connor Rhodes for a victory over Pewaukee. They have been a vital part of the team this season, giving us key wins at doubles in multiple matches. They have been extremely flexible and willing to play with anyone at any position with enthusiasm.'
Chargers edge Tosa East
On May 2, Hamilton beat Wauwatosa East, 4-3. Alex Moore picked up a 6-1, 6-2 victory at No. 1 singles. All three doubles teams were victorious, including No. 1 (Josh Anderson/Nick Pellechia) and No. 3 (Menzia/Rhodes) in three sets.