Badger netters serving up perfection
May 11, 2011 | 08:29 AMJanesville — Heading into this week's Southern Lakes Conference meet, the Badger boys tennis squad is giving a new meaning to the word momentum.
On Friday, the Badgers won three dual matches at the Janesville Parker quad to improve to 9-0 overall on the season.
With the SLC meet looming Thursday and Saturday this week, the local boys are oozing with momentum. Coach Marty Badt knows there's still work to do.
"I knew we'd be strong this year," he said. "A couple of new additions have helped, but there's still room to improve. Friday was a gutty win, and it was good to get it."
Badger edged both Fort Atkinson and Janesville Parker, 4-3, and destroyed Beloit Memorial, 6-1.
"Fort is pretty strong," Badt said. "Beloit really impressed me, and it was nice to beat a subsectional opponent. We've had a lack of match play this season, so it was nice to get some action in."
At No. 1 singles, Dean Schwefel went 2-1 on the day. But he ran into a buzz saw against Parker's Matt Knutson, who beat him 6-0, 6-2.
"Dean played well in two matches, but the Parker kid played amazing tennis," Badt said.
The No. 1 doubles team of Reid Solheim and Matt Heinz went 3-0 on the day, and the No. 2 double squad of Kolin Harrigan and Colin Gardner also earned three victories. Solheim and Heinz took down Fort, 6-2, 6-1. They beat Parker, 6-0, 6-1, and bashed Beloit, 6-2, 6-0.
It was smooth sailing for Harrigan and Gardner, too. They beat both Fort and Parker, 6-0, 6-2, and took care of Beloit, 6-4, 6-1.
"Reid and Matt won handily and played well," Badt said. "Kolin and Colin were pretty solid overall, but they are still figuring each other out."
At No. 4 singles, Mack Ruby finished 2-1. Also, Dmitri Chironis was 2-1 at No. 2 singles.
"We are a solid team with a lot of depth," Badt said. "We haven't really ever had so much depth. Our two and three doubles teams are much stronger than in previous years."
This Thursday, the SLC meet begins with singles matches at Wilmot and doubles at Westosha Central. Winners will advance to Wilmot Saturday. Badt is pumped for his guys.
"We hope to continue playing solid tennis and improving," he said. "We are looking for a good amount of SLC champs. We must keep level heads, but we have a good chance to get everyone through."
Badger 7, Waterford 0
In last year's conference tournament, the Wolverines sneaked by Badger by one point for the conference title.
Last Thursday at Badger, the local boys got some sweet revenge in a rout and improved to 6-0 in the SLC.
"It was nice to beat them since they won it last year," Badt said. "But the conference isn't over with."
Badt brought up Eddie Berg, who along with Tom O'Brien won at No. 3 doubles, 6-4, 7-6 (7-2).
Also, Philipp Kleiner was back after missing the previous match due to a school event.
Kleiner was dominant at No. 3 singles, winning 6-1, 6-3.
At No. 1 singles, Schwefel earned a 6-1, 6-1 win, and Chironis won by the same score at No. 2 singles. Ruby won at No. 4 singles, 6-1, 6-3.
Heinz and Solheim, now 9-0 on the season, downed Waterford, 7-5, 6-1. Finally, Harrigan and Gardner picked up the victory at No. 2 doubles, 6-2, 6-1.