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Chief Dogs earn first conference victory

by Mike Ramczyk

May 03, 2012

EAST TROY — The Big Foot/Williams Bay boys tennis squad opened the Rock Valley season on a strong note Monday.

The host Chiefs swept Whitewater, 7-0, behind dominant performances from all seven flights.

Adam Kolnik (No. 1 singles) and Seb Lauterbach (No. 2 singles), who played through an injured ankle, each won their matches, 6-0, 6-0.

At No. 3 singles, Ben Gauger won easily, 6-1, 6-0.

Jacob Waro (No. 4 singles) took care of business with a 6-1, 6-0 victory.

All three doubles teams, D'Jalen Evans and Gerald Leslie (6-1, 6-0), Lucas Patten and Brad Craddock (6-2, 6-3) and Nick Klesmith and Neil Stilin (6-2, 6-0) made short work of their opponents.

Big Foot is now 1-0 in the RVC and 4-6 overall.

This Thursday, the Chiefs host a new member to the Rock Valley Conference, Watertown Luther Prep.

"I'd be disappointed if we lost this week," Big Foot Jim Karedes said.

"I want to see continued improvement. I want the guys to take what they gained Friday and build on their own. We need to play smarter."

Injury plagues invite

Karedes was confident his team could win the East Troy Quad Friday.

But an injury to one of the team's best players earlier in the week came back to bite the Chiefs.

Big Foot defeated University Lake School, 6-1, but fell 4-3 to both Edgerton and East Troy en route to a third-place finish in the tournament.

Lauterbach, the team's No. 2 singles player, won, 6-1, against University Lake School but had to miss the next two matches due to an injured ankle.

Last week during practice, Lauterbach challenged teammate Kolnik to a match to determine which one would play No. 1 singles during the upcoming Rock Valley Conference season. According to Karedes, Lauterbach rolled his ankle during the match.

Karedes said Lauterbach will play hobbled this week.

"Without Seb, it was tough Friday because he is our second-best player," Karedes said.

"The injury was simply unfortunate and could happen at any time. Adam and Seb will still lead the team."

Kolnik did his part to help the team Friday.

He went 3-0 on the day and won his games by a dominant total of 36-2.

"Adam walked through the meet," Karedes said. "He is a great kid, and he's loaded with talent. He's just a machine. You want a kid like him to win."

Leslie moved over from singles to pair with Evans at No. 1 doubles Friday.

They went 1-2 on the day, with the lone win a 6-1, 6-2 decision over University Lake School.

Also, Matt Watters replaced Lauterbach at No. 2 singles, falling to 0-3 for the meet.

Gauger, a senior co-captain was 2-1 in the meet, with the only loss coming to East Troy in the finals.

Overall, Karedes said doubles played a key factor Friday.

"Our doubles could've played a bit better," Karedes said.

"But we can't use it as an excuse. We are focusing on doubles play in practice. We lost, but we have a bigger goal of winning the Rock Valley. It's very realistic."

At No. 3 doubles, Stilin and Klesmith had a solid day, finishing 2-1. They downed University Lake School, 6-1, 6-2, and East Troy, 7-5, 7-6 (4).

"Neil and Nick are playing so well together," Karedes said.