Tennis Cards third at Nicolet Invite

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Rob Reischel
Ryan Gold and Middleton’s tennis team finished third at the star-studded Nicolet Invitational last Saturday./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

The WIAA Division 1 boys state tennis tournament won’t take place for another month.

But it sure felt like a state tournament was being played at Nicolet High School last weekend.

The Knights hosted the Sweet 16 Invitational, which featured 16 of the state’s elite tennis teams. Middleton showed it ranks among the best, finishing third at the prestigious tournament.

Milwaukee Marquette won the event with 103 points, while Whitefish Bay (99), Middleton (94), Verona (84) and Neenah (72) rounded out the top five.

“Third place was a solid overall performance for our guys,” Middleton coach Tony Mirasola said. “We lost some very close matches to Whitefish Bay, which could have allowed us to get second if we won those matches, but overall it was a good team performance with all the teams that were there.”

Middleton’s Ryan Gold had a terrific tournament, reaching the championship match. There, Gold felt to Verona’s Will Tennison, 6-3, 6-2.

Prior to that, Gold defeated Josh Ichen of Kenosha Tremper, 6-4, 6-2 and defeated Sriram Arvind of Brookfield Central, 6-2, 6-1. Gold also beat Daniel Taleghani of University School, 4-6, 6-4, 10-8, in the semifinals before falling to Tennison.

“Ryan has been playing well lately,” Mirasola said. “He has been battling through an illness, which has impacted his play some, but he really showed a lot of fight to reach the finals and played a great match against Will in the championship.”

Middleton’s Jacob Mandelbrot captured third place when Verona’s Kush Nagpal withdrew. Prior to that, Mandelbrot beat West Bend West’s Jack Mundinger, 6-4, 6-3, and knocked off Homestead’s Jonathan Lane, 6-3, 0-6, 10-8. Mandelbrot fell in the semifinals to Marcus Ellinas of Whitefish Bay, 7-5, 7-6 (5).

“Jacob played some great tennis this weekend,” Mirasola said. “The No. 3 singles flight was a very deep field, so coming out in third place was a very impressive performance for Jacob.”

The Cardinals’ No. 2 doubles team of Alton Yan and Gene Kim finished third, as well.

That duo opened with a 6-2, 6-3 win over West Bend West’s Noah Doedens and Adam Nielsen, then they defeated Sam Chester and Cameron Jungers of Nicolet, 6-1, 6-1.

Christopher Hastings and Thomas Gonzales of Whitefish Bay downed Yan and Kim in the semifinals, 6-4, 6-2. But Yan and Kim rebounded and beat Ryan Maxon and Zach Sprinkmann of Homestead in the third place match, 6-4, 6-1.

Middleton’s No. 3 doubles team of Jordan Cheng and Anders Clark was also third.

That duo opened with a 6-4, 6-0 win over Oconomowoc’s Jake Hembrode and Andrew Thiel, then defeated Theodore Kotchen and Reid Sickels of Neenah, 6-1, 6-3.

Matthew Abelt and Ben Schneider of Whitefish Bay defeated Cheng and Clark in the semifinals, 1-6, 7-6 (4), 10-6. Then in the third place match, Cheng and Clark downed Michael Happel and Brady Supanich of Verona, 6-2, 6-4.

“No. 2 and 3 doubles played some solid tennis this weekend as well,” Mirasola said. “They both lost to Whitefish Bay in the semifinals in some close matches that they could have won, so they were a little disappointed. But they were able to bounce back in the third place matches with some great wins to close out the weekend.”

Middleton also rolled past Janesville Craig, 7-0, last Thursday.

The Cardinals lost just four games in eight sets in singles action, and one game in six sets in doubles play.

 

May 3-4

SWEET 16 INVITATIONAL

Team scores — Milwaukee Marquette 103; Whitefish Bay 99; Middleton 94; Verona 84; Neenah 72; Mequon Homestead 71; Glendale Nicolet 69; Brookfield Central 67; Madison Memorial 60; University School of Milwaukee 53; Sheboygan North 34; Oshkosh North 33; West Bend West 33; Kenosha Tremper 14; Waukesha South 15.

Championship matches

Singles — No. 1: Tennison, V, def. Gold, Mid, 6-3, 6-2. No. 2: Kubiak, Nee, def. White, Marq, 6-3, 6-3. No. 3: Mitchell, Marq, def. Elinas, WFB, 6-4, 6-0. No. 4: Queoff, V, def. Lukas, WFB, 7-5, 4-6 (6).

Doubles — No. 1: J. Aranda/R. Aranda, GN, def. Stockhausen/Brodzinski, Marq, 6-1, 6-2. No. 2: Richardson/Homberg, Marq, def. Hastings/Gonzales, WFB, 6-4, 4-6 (7). No. 3: Roge/Dhala, Marq, def. Schneider/Abelt, WFB, 6-1, 6-2.

Third-place matches

Singles — No. 1: Chester, GN, def. Taleghani, USM, 6-1, 6-3. No. 2: Fan, V, def. Conta, WFB, 6-3, 7-6 (5). No. 3: Mandelbrot, Mid, def. Nagpal, V, default. No. 4: Hubley, Marq, def. Gopalen, MadM, 6-2, 6-2.

Doubles — No. 1: J. Gurican/J. Gonzales, WFB, def. S. Dettman/B. Bodak, Mid, 6-3, 7-5. No. 2: Kim/Yan, Mid, def. Mason/Sprinkmann, MH, 6-4, 6-1. No. 3: Clark/Cheng, Mid, def. Happel/Supanich, V, 6-2, 6-3.

 

MIDDLETON 7, JANESVILLE CRAIG 0

Singles — Gold def. Ferreira, 6-2, 6-1; Connell def. Sullivan, 6-0, 6-1; Mandelbrot def. Villanueva, 6-0, 6-0; Kelshiker def. Kranz, 6-0, 6-0. Doubles — Dettman/Bodak def. Pierson/Hanel, 6-0, 6-0; Yan/Kim def. Denzer/Heinzen, 6-1, 6-0; Cheng/Clark def. Zeibel/Olsen, 6-0, 6-0.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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