Haakenson, Novak and Bartletti move on in tennis|
The Red Robin boys tennis team came away with mixed results Monday at the Wausau East subsectional, a change from previous years where Antigo has traveled to the Green Bay venue.
Three players had an excellent day and pushed through to advance on to sectionals Wednesday at Stevens Point.
Antigo's No. 1 player, Brett Haakenson easily beat Wisconsin Rapids Tanner Glaza 6-1, 7-5.
“Brett has been playing such consistent tennis all year and now he has a chance to advance to the state tournament,” Antigo coach Dave Zalewski said.
Expectations were high for Haakenson after being named the Great Northern Conference Player of the Year.
Antigo's undefeated doubles duo of Joe Novak and Brian Bartletti didn't disappoint their coach either.
Given only a No. 3 seed, they proved they were the best by first beating D.C. Everest 6-4, 6-2. Then they faced a very tough Wausau West team to advance to sectionals.
Every single game was hotly contested, going back-and-forth from duece to add several times. But in the end, the Antigo pair upped their perfect record to 15-0.
“These two guys are so impressive,” the coach added. “They have a great combination of determination and solid doubles play.”
Unfortunately the season came to an end for the rest of the Antigo team.
The most disappointing loss came at No. 1 doubles where Colin Bastle and Kyle West earned the No. 1 seed.
After three other teams were seeded, the remaining pairs were randomly drawn. The Antigo aces got the worse draw possible in their rivals from Rhinelander who fought them to three sets in the conference final.
This contest went to three sets as well, but this time Bastle and West fell just a little short, dropping the third set 3-6.
“The boys took this loss pretty hard. They worked so hard all season and got the short end of the seeding process but they had a fantastic season, ending with a 13-2 record,” Zalewski said.
Wes Fick drew another Rhinelander opponent, Nate Tveton. As in their conference final match, Fick came up a little short once again, losing 3-6, 4-6 in subsectional play.
“Wes was in this match right to the end. I think it will motivate him to take his game to the next level," the coach noted.
At No. 3 singles, Ben Kryka's tennis career at Antigo came to an end. Having an off day, Kryka suffered a one-sided loss to Wausau East's Tanner Dimka, 1-6, 1-6.
"This doesn't diminish the good season Ben has had,” Zalewski said. “He improved so much, learning to control his emotions and add variety to his game."
Alex Thomae, Antigo's No. 4, playing his first subsectional's single match, did a good job beating a tough Wausau West, David Richetto in three sets, 7-6, 2-6, 6-4. After finishing a match which lasted over two hours, Thomae’s next opponent was the No. 1 seed from Marshfield, Jacob Limmex. The task proved too much and Thomae lost in straight sets, 1-6, 2-6.
Garrett Grabowsky and Isaac Cuellar, playing in the No. 3 doubles spot, had their hands full with Marshfield's Ryne Felhofer and Mitch Ott.
Although losing 1-6, 2-6, they put up a good fight.
"It has been a very successful season. These guys have continually improved and next year already looks bright,” Zalewksi said. “But for Brett, Joe and Brian, they hopefully still have their best tennis ahead of them and can win on Wednesday down at Stevens Point."
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