Antigo netmen rebound from early loss to snag win over Everest at triangular|
Green Bay Preble got the edge in the day’s first match but Antigo returned to victory lane with a win over D.C. Everest in a high school tennis triangular at the Elleson courts Monday — the Robins’ official home opener of the 2014 campaign.
“We have only had a couple practices outdoors so the guys are still getting the rust off of their game, but I saw good solid improvement in most of the players,” coach David Zalewski said, noting that the squad’s first few home matches were canceled due to the lousy spring weather.
“I am confident that with our being back on the courts and being able to run drills to work on the boy's games, that the team will continue to get better,” he added.
Brett Haakenson and Brian Bartletti, playing at No. 1 and 2 singles, earned Antigo’s only wins in the Robins’ 5-2 loss to Green Bay Preble. Haakenson trounced Jordon Plate 6-2, 6-1 while Bartletti held off Ryan Vande Hei 6-1, 6-4.
“Both these guys are solid tennis players who know how to keep the ball in play and just figure out ways to win,” Zalewski said.
Another key matchup came at No. 1 doubles where Antigo’s Colin Bastle and Kyle West lost a tough outing to Andrew Stroman and Brennan Doughery 6-3, 2-6, 7-10.
Other losses were suffered by Drew Schwarz to Alex Vanden Hou 2-6, 0-6; Tommy Blink to Marcus Jenersan 1-6, 2-6; Alex Thomae and Joe Servi to Spencer Guo and Will Griswold, 6-7, 2-6; and Garrett Grabowsky and Ben Bartletti to Tom Disaiui and Alec Paplham 4-6, 2-6.
Brennan Brown and Spencer Fittante lost to their Preble opponents in exhibition 5-7, 2-6, 3-6.
Temperatures cooled in the night’s finale but Antigo’s play got hotter as the Robins defeated D.C. Everest 5-2.
“The boys began to play smarter this time around,” Zalewski said, giving compliments to his doubles teams which made quick work of their opponents to easily win in straight sets.
The No. 1 duo, Bastle and West, topped Christopher Nicklaus and Mitch Hruska 6-1, 6-0 while Bartletti and Schwarz smoked Eric Wasleske and Meng Yang 6-0, 6-0 at No. 2. Grabowsky and Ben Bartletti won 6-2, 6-4 over Everest’s Chris Cronish and Nick Guralsk at No. 3.
Antigo junior Joe Servi and freshman Tommy Blink were impressive in their wins. Both taking the first set 6-4, the athletes fell by identical scores in a second set 6-7 tiebreaker to Everest’s Austin Thao and Ueny Yang. The Robin netmen then went on to each win a third set super tie-breaker 10-5.
“I was really pleased by these two boys,” Zalewski said. “They played with a lot of heart and desire.”
Losses were suffered by singles players Haakenson, 6-1, 3-6, 7-10 to Everest’s Michael Nicklaus and Thomae to Cameron Kissinger 4-6, 0-6.
Antigo is scheduled to commence conference play at home today versus Great Northern foe Lakeland beginning at 5 p.m.
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