Boys tennis team falls in finals

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Rob Reischel

Middleton’s boys tennis team has been the class of the Madison area for quite some time now.

This year, the Cardinals would like to challenge the Milwaukee-area schools for state supremacy.

But as Middleton found out last weekend, that won’t be easy.

The Cardinals performed admirably at the Madison Memorial Invite, but settled for second place. Middleton fell in the title match, 4-3, to Mequon Homestead.

“We played pretty well, but we are still make tweaks and adjustments to our lineup to find the combination that gives us the best chance to win,” Middleton coach Deke Bradley said. “We were fairly happy with the results, but we were really hoping to beat Homestead.”

Middleton freshman Jake Van Emburgh notched a 6-3, 6-2 win at No. 1 singles over Homestead’s Will Kamnerait. Cardinals senior Ben Luskin also earned a 7-5, 6-4 win at No. 2 singles.

Middleton seniors Evan Stone and Joey Niesen also posted a 6-4, 7-6 (7) win at No. 1 doubles.

But the Cardinals lost at the other four flights.

“There is still a fairly significant gap in the Milwaukee and Madison tennis for the boys,” Bradley said. “They’re very hard to compete with. Their resources, population, and facilities continue to give them that advantage.”

Middleton also defeated both Green Bay Preble and Madison Memorial by 5-2 scores and toppled Sun Prairie by a 6-1 count at the two-day tournament.

Against Preble, Van Emburgh posted a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 1 singles and freshman Mason Pyle won at No. 4 singles, 6-4, 6-1.

Stone and Niesen notched a 6-2, 6-4 win at No. 1 doubles, while senior Andy Webber and Luskin rolled to a 6-1, 6-0 win at No. 2 doubles. At No. 3 doubles, sophomores Cody Markel and Brian Bellissimo cruised to a 6-0, 6-1 win.

In Middleton’s win over Madison Memorial, the Cardinals won at three singles and two doubles flights.

Van Emburgh rolled to a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 1 singles, while Luskin cruised at No. 2 singles, 6-1, 6-0. Bellissimo also notched an easy 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 3 singles.

Stone and Niesen posted a 6-1, 6-2 win at No. 1 doubles, while Webber and senior Oscar Biggs earned a 6-3, 6-0 win at No. 3 doubles.

Against Sun Prairie, Middleton prevailed at all three doubles flights and three of four singles flights.

The doubles teams of Stone and Niesen, sophomore Dan Jin and Markel, and Webber and Biggs all won their matches. And in singles play, Van Emburgh, Luskin and Bellissimo all posted victories.

Middleton also posted an easy 7-0 win over Beloit Memorial last Tuesday.

Luskin, Bellissimo, Pyle and Dimitris Friesen all earned singles wins. In doubles play, the teams of Stone-Niesen, Jin and Brett Anderson, and Webber-Biggs all won their matches.

• On deck: Middleton was scheduled to host Madison East Tuesday, then is at Madison West Thursday at 4 p.m. The Cardinals are then at the Verona Invite Friday and Saturday.


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