Tennis Cards win Madison Memorial Invite

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Rob Reischel
Haiwen Dai and Middleton's boys tennis team won the Madison Memorial Invite last weekend./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

The doubles teams didn't lose a match all weekend.

Parker Roberts played hero in the title match.

And Middleton’s boys tennis team won the championship of the Madison Memorial tournament held last Friday and Saturday at a handful of courts throughout Dane County. The Cardinals defeated Green Bay Southwest, 4-3, in the championship match last Saturday.

“The players brought a lot of energy this weekend and stepped up at critical moments,” Middleton coach Kalla Schaefer said. “It was a very solid weekend of tennis for the Cardinals.”

There were several highlights during a memorable weekend for Middleton.

Sam Dettman and Rafael Sanga went a perfect 4-0 at No. 1 doubles. The No. 2 doubles pair of Adam Schiebler and Brandon Bodak and the No. 3 team of Gene Kim and Alton Yan also went 4-0.

In the championship match against Green Bay Southwest, the Cardinals were missing three singles players.
Roberts, a high JV player who was thrust into duty, was playing his first ever varsity singles match. Middleton notched wins at all three doubles spots, but lost at No. 1, 2 and 3 in singles play.

The other six matches had finished, and all eyes were on Roberts and Green Bay Southwest’s Owen Steiber. Roberts was cramping up, but found a way to notch an enormous 7-6 (3), 7-6 (5) win that gave Middleton the championship.

“(Parker’s) opponent had a huge forehand and played fearlessly, going for his shots throughout the whole match and never looked tight,” Schaefer said. “Parker had to beat him because his opponent didn't give him anything free. Parker served big and consistently even at the end of the match when he was cramping and the score was so close.

“He came up with some critical chip lobs off of his opponent's powerfully hit approach shots that landed perfectly over his head. Parker never quit and never took more than the allowed time in between points to stretch out his calves. He didn't delay the match and kept running after every shot. His grit and fight was exactly what the team needed.”

Middleton opened the tournament with a 7-0 win over Homestead.

Ryan Gold, Haiwen Dai, Kunwarjit Singh and Akshay Kelshiker all notched easy singles wins, while the Cardinals’ three doubles teams all rolled, as well.

Middleton followed that with an impressive 6-1 win over Sun Prairie, the No. 4 team in the state.

Gold defeated Sun Prairie standout Aidan Schutter, 5-7, 6-2, 10-4 at No. 1 singles.

“Ryan beat Aidan Schutter after losing to him twice last season,” Schaefer said. “This was the first time he has beaten him in a high school match. He won in a super-tiebreaker we had to play instead of a third set because it was getting dark.”

Dai notched a straight set win at No. 2 singles and Akshay Kelshiker earned a three-set win at No. 4 singles. Middleton’s doubles teams all posted hard earned wins, as well.

Middleton dropped a 4-3 decision to Madison Memorial, but still earned a trip to the finals. And there, the Cardinals notched a huge win over Green Bay Southwest to capture the tournament championship.



No. 1 — Ryan Gold, MIDDLETON, def. Drew Gebhardt, HOMESTEAD, 6-0, 6-0; No. 2 — Haiwen Dai, MIDDLETON, def. Ryan Maxon, HOMESTEAD, 6-0, 7-5; No. 3 — Kunwarjit Singh, MIDDLETON, def. Jonathon Lane, HOMESTEAD, 6-3, 6-4; No. 4 — Akshay Kelshiker, MIDDLETON, def. Eli Eiseman, HOMESTEAD, 6-0, 6-1.

No. 1 — Sam Dettman-Rafael Sanga, MIDDLETON, def. Connor Mason-Joey Slicker, HOMESTEAD 6-2, 6-2; No. 2 — Adam Schiebler-Brandon Bodak, MIDDLETON, def. Ben Birmingham-Zach Sprinkmann, HOMESTEAD, 6-7 (8), 6-3, 6-4; No. 3 — Gene Kim-Alton Yan, MIDDLETON, def. Beecher Gabriel-Robert Piku, HOMESTEAD 6-2, 6-1.


No. 1 — Ryan Gold, MIDDLETON, def. Aidan Schutter, SUN PRAIRIE, 5-7, 6-2, 10-4; No. 2 — Haiwen Dai, MIDDLETON, def. Adam Foreman, SUN PRAIRIE, 6-2, 7-5; No. 3 — Andrew Spence, SUN PRAIRIE, def. Kunwarjit Singh, MIDDLETON, 7-5, 6-4; No. 4 — Akshay Kelshiker, MIDDLETON, def. Jonathan Pulver, SUN PRAIRIE, 6-3, 4-6, 6-1.
No. 1 — Sam Dettman-Rafael Sanga, MIDDLETON, def. Elijah Schimelpfenig-Josh Baldwin, SUN PRAIRIE 6-4, 6-4; No. 2 — Brandon Bodak-Adam Schiebler, MIDDLETON, def. Andrew Olson-Taran Katta, SUN PRAIRIE 7-5, 6-3; No. 3 — Alton Yan-Gene Kim, MIDDLETON, def. Sai Gungurthi-Praneeth Venigalla, SUN PRAIRIE, 4-6, 6-0, 6-3.


No. 1 — Colt Tegtmeier, Madison MEMORIAL, def. Ryan Gold, MIDDLETON, 6-0, 6-1; No. 2 — Kevin Li, Madison MEMORIAL, def. Haiwen Dai, MIDDLETON, 6-3, 6-1; No. 3 — Albert Men, Madison MEMORIAL, def. Kunwarjit Singh, MIDDLETON, 6-3, 6-1; No. 4 — Joey Rhodes, Madison MEMORIAL, def. Akshay Kelshiker, MIDDLETON, 2-6, 6-4, 6-2.
No. 1 — Sam Dettman-Rafael Sanga, MIDDLETON, def. Anurag Sandireddy-Lorenzo Puglielli, Madison MEMORIAL 6-3, 6-3; No. 2 — Adam Schiebler-Brandon Bodak, MIDDLETON, def. Theo Green-Akhil Thandasery, Madison MEMORIAL 7-5, 6-3; No. 3 — Alton Yan-Gene Kim, MIDDLETON, def. Santiago Barquin-Ryan Weinbach, Madison MEMORIAL 6-4, 3-6, 6-4.


No. 1 — Johnny Zakowski, Green Bay SOUTHWEST, def. Kunwarjit Singh, MIDDLETON, 6-1, 6-0; No. 2 — Michael Vivian, Green Bay SOUTHWEST, def. Akshay Kelshiker, MIDDLETON, 6-2, 6-2; No. 3 — Jayden Wartman, Green Bay SOUTHWEST, def. Jordan Cheng, MIDDLETON, 6-2, 6-1; No. 4 — Parker Roberts, MIDDLETON, def. Owen Stieber, Green Bay SOUTHWEST, 7-6 (3), 7-6 (5). 
No. 1 — Sam Dettman-Rafael Sanga, MIDDLETON, def. Steven Fredeen-Juan Pablo Cabezas, Green Bay SOUTHWEST 6-2, 6-1; No. 2 — Adam Schiebler-Brandon Bodak, MIDDLETON HIGH, def. Brian Dutkowski-Max Czarnecki,Green Bay SOUTHWEST 6-2, 6-0; No. 3 — Gene Kim-Alton Yan, MIDDLETON HIGH, def. Jake White-R J Minten,Green Bay SOUTHWEST 6-1, 6-0.



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