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First place good for Badgers



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May 19, 2010 | 08:31 AM
Waterford — It came down to the third set of the No. 2 doubles match for the Badger boys tennis squad Monday night at Waterford.

Badger's Kevin Williams and Kolin Harrigan had just lost the second set and needed a victory for Badger to defeat the Wolverines and move into a first-place tie.

Williams and Harrigan rose to the occasion, winning 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 over Waterford's Max Lindell and D.J. Mireles and catapulting the Badgers into first place in the Southern Lakes Conference (5-2).

"It was pretty intense," coach Marty Badt said. "I heard Waterford was good, and I expected it to be tight. It's been a roller coaster year. I knew we had a shot, and we got off to a good start. Things got tighter and tighter, but our guys stepped it up."

Badger is now log-jammed atop the SLC with Waterford, Burlington and Union Grove.

At No. 1 singles, Dean Schwefel improved to 15-1 overall and 7-0 in the SLC with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Grant Olson. Also, the No. 1 doubles team of Matt Heinz and Reid Solheim moved to 7-0 in the SLC with a 6-0, 6-1 triumph over Jordan Chart and David Serkowski.

"It's nice to have two fixtures in the lineup," Badt said of his No. 1 single and doubles. "Dean's played really well all year. He will be the No. 1 seed in the SLC tournament."

Badger will compete in the SLC meet Thursday and Saturday at Burlington. Badt is optimistic about his team's chances.

"We are hoping for the title," he said. "Many players have a good shot. We are starting to play well. We need everyone to step up. Also, we will let the other teams beat each other up a little bit."

Badger 4, Union Grove 3

Badger had another flare for the dramatic Friday at home against the Broncos.

Dmitri Chironis won in the third set with the teams tied 3-3 to earn the team victory.

"We pulled it out in the 24th hour," Badt said. "Dmitri really stepped it up."

Schwefel, Chironis, Heinz and Solheim and Chris Merino and Mack Ruby (No. 2 doubles) all picked up wins for Badger.

Badt is happy with his team's recent play.

"We are on the upswing right at the end of the season like we need to be," Badt said. "Other teams have helped us out. We'll see what happens the rest of the way."

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