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Kolnik marches on to next level

Freshman takes care of business at subsectional

Freshman Adam Kolnik advanced to Wednesday's sectional with a win at Monday's East Troy Subsectional.

May 25, 2011 | 08:37 AM
East Troy — The Big Foot/Williams Bay boys tennis squad entered Monday's Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Division 2 subsectionals with the best of intentions, but three big road blocks, Madison Edgewood, McFarland and Monroe, stood in its way.

In a meet where it's lose and your season is over, only freshman Adam Kolnik at No. 1 singles was able to advance to sectionals. All other flights failed to move on to sectionals Wednesday at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Big Foot coach Jim Karedes said it was a tough subsectional.

"We played near our ability," Karedes said Monday night. "But we would've liked to see a little bit better showing. But it was tough with Edgewood, McFarland and Monroe."

Kolnik played well beyond his years, winning his only match over Edgerton's Jesse Guisleman, 6-1, 6-2.

"Adam is on to the sectional and needs one win to qualify for state," Karedes said. "He is very self-reliant right now and is making us proud."

Karedes added Wednesday's sectional will be difficult, but he believes Kolnik has a good shot at making state and even winning the whole thing.

"I'm excited to see Kolnik," Karedes said. "He has the ability to win the sectional. He is playing great tennis and has enough experience to do it. He will probably have to beat a Madison Edgewood or Monroe kid. It's exciting for a freshman to make sectionals."

At No. 2 singles, Sebastian Lauterbach won his first match, 7-5, 6-1, over Whitewater. But in his next match, Lauterbach fell to top-seeded Patrick Carney of Madison Edgewood, 7-5, 6-1.

"Carney was better today," Karedes said.

At No. 3 singles, Sean Kivlin won his first match over Monroe, 6-1, 6-0. Then, Kivlin's season ended with a 6-0, 6-2 defeat to McFarland.

"McFarland is pretty good," Karedes said. "Sean had a great season. He is a senior I will miss a lot."

At No. 4 singles, Gerald Leslie lost to Jefferson, 6-3, 6-3. Leslie beat Jefferson for third place at the conference tournament last Thursday. Karedes said Leslie wasn't at the top of his game in the contest.

At No. 1 doubles, Brad Craddock and Ben Gauger lost to Jefferson, 6-3, 4-6 (10-2). The team of D'Jalen Evans and Randy Brock fell at No. 2 doubles to East Troy, 6-3, 6-1. Karedes was impressed with the boys.

"D'Jalen and Randy finished on a high note," Karedes said. "They are playing their best tennis of the season. But they just were outmatched by a tougher opponent."

At No. 3 doubles, Cole McGarry and Lucas Patten were ousted by Delavan-Darien, 6-1, 6-1. Karedes said McGarry, a senior, will be missed.

Kolnik wins conference

Last Thursday at the Rock Valley Conference meet at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, the Big Foot boys nabbed third place with a total of 16 points, a vast improvement from finishing last a year ago.

"I'm pleased with the whole team," Karedes said. "From last place to third is big. It helped to have three freshmen on the team."

Kolnik was the team's lone conference champion. He went 2-0 on the day and beat McFarland, 6-3, 6-1, in the championship match.

"Adam is playing at the top of his game," Karedes said. "He is dictating points out there and controlling everything."

Lauterbach and Kivlin both took second place with 2-1 records on the day. At No. 4 singles, Leslie took third place, defeating Jefferson in the third-place match and ending up 2-1 on the day.

All three doubles flights finished fifth, with each one beating Whitewater in consolation matches.

"Everyone scored a point," Karedes said. "That hasn't happened on the boys team in four years."

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