Top duo wins match in Madison
|(Left) Matt Heinz and Reid Solheim recently won a match at state tennis.|
June 08, 2011 | 08:42 AMMadison — Heading into last Thursday's Division 1 state tennis meet, Badger boys coach Marty Badt had a simple goal for his boys — win a match at state.
The No. 1 doubles team of Matt Heinz and Reid Solheim heard their coach's plea loud and clear, scoring the first win for Badger in several years. They downed Madison Memorial's Josh Blumenfeld and Ahmed Abdelhameed, 7-6 (7-4), 1-6, 10-6, before losing in the second round. Badt said the win was big for the Badger program.
"It's always nice to see all the coaches and have them remember Badger," he said. "With a win and playing on multiple days, everyone learns where Badger is. Matt and Reid played really well. The other team was good, but we played a little better overall."
Badt said one of Memorial's players is a lefty, and the spin of the ball threw Solheim and Heinz off at first. However, after they got used to the spin of the ball, it was smooth sailing.
"The guys got discouraged in the second set," Badt said. "But they played extremely well in the super tie-breaker. The whole match was fun."
In the duo's second match Friday morning, the local boys ran into the second seed, Milwaukee Marquette. Marquette handled Badger rather easily, 6-3, 6-1. But Badt enjoyed the relaxed demeanor of his boys.
"They went into the match to have fun and give it everything they had," he said. "While they may have been overmatched, it was neat to watch the guys realize, 'Wow, we can compete with these guys.' The first set was really competitive. But they out-played us in the second set. They were the better team and deserved to win."
Marquette went on to take third in the state. Reid and Solheim finished 17-2 on the season, with losses coming to Marquette and state champion Kenosha Tremper.
Schwefel unlucky again
Senior Dean Schwefel, Badger's other state competitor, faced a tough draw at No. 1 singles in the first round for the third straight year.
Schwefel ran into Homestead's Danny Coran, a freshman phenom ranked 12th in the tournament. Coran made quick work of Schwefel, winning 6-0, 6-0. Despite the exit, Badt was proud of the senior.
"Coran was unbelievably consistent," he said. "He had an answer for everything Dean tried to do. He didn't miss much. But Dean earned his state trip. He had a wonderful high school experience. I'm proud of all the guys."
Schwefel finished the season 16-3. He won the subsectional and conference titles at No. 1 singles.
As a team, the Badgers won the Southern Lakes title this season. Badt was very pleased with his squad.
"We had a great season," he said. "It's nice to have a solid team. Everyone got along. The junior varsity guys stepped up and didn't miss a beat. Our seniors will be hard to replace. Overall, it was a very fun season."