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Muskego boys tennis team strong at the top

Warriors take first in season-opening invite

April 7, 2014

A sweep of three foes gave the Muskego boys tennis team the championship in its season-opening invitational on Saturday.

The Warriors downed Whitnall, Pius XI and Germantown by 5-2 dual scores to claim the crown.

"We had a great showing, especially considering it was our first meet of the year," head coach Jake Adamson said. "As a team, we were able to get wins at every flight over the course of the day. It is always nice to have all your guys contribute.

"The guys worked really hard during the off-season to make sure they were ready for the season to start, and I thought it really showed out there."

Three entries go 3-0

Senior Ben Ziolkowski went 3-0 at first singles, giving up just eight games in three matches. Ziolkowski filled in at singles for this meet but will normally play first doubles with senior Josh Taylor.

Junior Mitch Toboyek was 3-0 at second singles, and the third doubles team of freshman Joe Foye and junior Nick Berger also went 3-0.

Sophomore Rob Kim was 2-1 at fourth singles and freshman Noah Gibbs and junior Zach Beyer finished 2-1 at fourth doubles.

The regular first doubles team of Ziolkowski and Taylor should provide steady leadership for the Warriors this season.

Ziolkowski and Taylor both claimed first-team All-Classic 8 Conference honors last season, with Ziolkowski also earning first-team all-state and Taylor qualifying for the WIAA Division 1 State Tournament.

Ziolkowski posted a 24-5 record last year, while Taylor went 23-7 for the Warriors.

"We return a lot of experience at the top of our doubles lineup with Ben and Josh, which should help to solidify that spot," Adamson said.

Other returning lettermen are Toboyek, who is slated to play first singles; junior Harrison Wendland, who is set for second singles; junior Jason Ho, who is battling for the fourth singles spot with junior Coy Ludwig; and senior Eric Voisin, who may play second doubles.

Also under consideration for starting spots will be Kim at singles and juniors Ryan Beczkiewicz, Berger, Beyer and Matt Maierle and freshmen Foye and Gibbs in doubles.

The lineup is not yet set, because the inclement weather has prevented Muskego from completing its challenge matches, Adamson explained.

Holes to fill

The Warriors, who finished third in the Classic 8 tournament last season, must replace five seniors, including the first and third singles players and half of each of the three doubles units.

"With as tough and evenly-matched as our conference is, the new guys are going to have to learn on the fly and will probably take some lumps," Adamson said, "but with most of them playing during the off-season, they have set themselves up to hold their own."

Muskego competes in the Wild West Invitational at Woyahn Complex in Waukesha on Friday and Saturday, April 11 and 12, then visits Mukwonago for a Classic 8 dual at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 15.

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