Last week's schedule was a daunting task for the Hamilton tennis team. Both of its opponents, Brookfield East and Marquette, have been dominant at the state tournament. Marquette has won eight of the last nine WIAA Division 1 team titles. Brookfield East claimed the title in 2014.
Against East on May 9, the Chargers lost, 6-1. Hamilton's lone victory came at No. 4 singles, where Chris Anderson won, 7-5, 6-1.
'East played the majority of their top varsity players and it was hard to compete against one of the best lineups, if not the best, in the state,' HHS coach Alan Schneider said.
The next day, Hamilton lost to Marquette, 5-2. Alex Moore was victorious at No. 1 singles, 6-0, 6-0.
'Alex Moore dominated his match at the top singles spot without dropping a game,' Schneider said. 'Playing most of the season at one singles was not the plan for his freshman year, but the experience he has gained in the last month has already made him a mentally stronger player.'
Hamilton nearly pulled off a win at No. 3 doubles, but Tony Moore and Connor Rhodes lost, 6-1, 2-6, 6-4. Moore played the match left handed since he previously injured his right hand.
'Aside from a weaker serve, Tony and Connor played an intense match, just falling short in the third set,' Schneider said.
The No. 1 doubles team of Nick Pellechia and Josh Anderson beat Marquette's Teddy Bropzinski and Brett Walsh, 6-4, 3-6, 6-1.
'The match of the day was at the top doubles spot,' Schneider said. 'Nick Pellechia and Josh Anderson came from behind to win the first set. They lost some momentum in the second set, but controlled the third and final set for the victory. Nick and Josh have played very high level and aggressive tennis this season at one doubles. It will be hard to find a team to replace them in the seasons to come.'