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New Berlin-Muskego boys tennis wrap-up for April 16

April 13, 2009

Muskego

A sweep of the singles matches gave the Warriors a season-opening 5-2 dual victory over Racine Case on April 7.

Winning at the top three singles spots were senior Kyle Kamer (6-3, 6-1), senior Keith Kennedy (6-2, 7-5) and senior Matt Lownik (6-1, 6-0).

Kamer is a four-year varsity player, Kennedy is playing his second season at second singles and Lownik is in his third year in singles.

Freshman Blake Kraussel won at fourth singles, 6-1, 6-2. "He has come on and looked very strong," coach Jake Adamson said. "He will be a very good tennis player if he keeps developing."

The third doubles team of sophomore Chris Ziolkowski and junior Ryan Holt also prevailed, 6-2, 6-1.

Taking losses were the first doubles team of seniors Azzam Tabbal and Zach Proeber and the second unit of senior Shawn Kotecki and junior Simon Bognar. Tabbal is a four-year letterman, while Kotecki and Holt are returning lettermen as well.

"The teams showed some very good doubles play and should be factors as the season progresses," said Adamson, who added that Ryan Sweeney and Drew Gunderson are also players to watch.

"Our guys put in a lot of hard work during the off-season and it really showed on the courts," Adamson added. "We may take a few teams by surprise."

Muskego will next compete in the East Troy Quad today, April 16.

New Berlin West

A rebuilt singles lineup won six of eight matches for the Vikings in 4-3 dual losses last week to Menomonee Falls on April 7 and Whitnall on April 8.

Coach Scott Ficks, whose team lost three of four singles players from last season, inserted freshman Luke Hubert into the top spot.

Hubert won both his matches, fighting off six match points before beating the Falls foe, 5-7, 7-6, 7-6.

"Hubert was very impressive in his first start, and I expect great things from him this year and throughout his career at West," Ficks said.

Senior captain Kevin Koenitzer won both of his second singles contests and senior Charlie Ebert took both of his fourth singles matches. Ebert battled back from a 5-2 deficit in the second set to win his Falls match, 4-6, 7-6, 6-0.

Senior captain Steven Grosskreutz lost both of his matches at third singles.

"We are strong at first and second singles and as the younger players get better, we should have a solid season," Ficks said.

The doubles teams of junior Zach Hubert/junior captain Cody Porter, sophomore Ryan Revers/freshman Matt Hartwig and sophomore Griffin Simpson/senior Nenad Halilovic all lost their two matches.

The Vikings will be off until Saturday, April 18, when they play in the Hartford Invitational.

New Berlin Eisenhower

The Lions split a pair of matches in the season-opening Oak Creek Quadrangular on April 4.

The Lions were without five starters who were taking the ACT that day: senior Mark Fleming, junior Jeremy Dejno, junior Nick Lepak, junior Paul Schinner and junior Matt Taylor.

Eisenhower beat Waterford, 5-3, behind victories by senior Matt Dustrude at first singles, sophomore Chris Gilmore at second singles, freshman Praven Sankith at third singles, senior Justin Hintz at fourth singles and the second doubles team of sophomores Sam Pinter and Danny Faber.

The Lions lost to Oak Creek, 6-2, as the lone winners were Dustrude and the fourth team of freshmen Blake Duffin and Mike Dunham.

They will be idle until Wednesday, April 22, when they take on Whitnall at the Princeton Club.

- John Rech, Staff Writer

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